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".. sings an irresistible song, begging to be revved to its redline and thrown into corners...It communicates the joys of the sports-car experience to its driver."
Car and driver
Model Years: 79-83
Curb weight: 2440 lbs
Engine: 1.3 liter 2-rotor Wankel
Horsepower: 100 hp
Torque: 105 lbs/ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 3-speed automatic or 4-speed automatic
Suspension, front: Independent, MacPherson struts, lower lateral links, compliance strut, coils springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, rear: Live axle on lower trailing links, upper angled links, Watt linkage, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes F/R: Hydralic front disc/ rear drum
Wheelbase: 95.3 in.
0-60 mph: approx. 9.7 sec.
Top Speed: 115 mph


Model Years: 84-85
Curb weight: 2640 lbs
Engine: 1.3 liter 2-rotor Wankel
Horsepower: 135 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 133 lbs/ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic
Suspension, front: Independent, MacPherson struts, lower lateral links, compliance strut, coils springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, rear: Live axle on lower trailing links, upper angled links, Watt linkage, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes F/R: 4-piston ventilated discs/single piston ventilated disc
Wheelbase: 95.3 in.
0-60 mph: approx. 7.8 sec.
Top Speed: 125 mph


Year: Production Total
1978: 72,692
1979: 71,617
1980: 56,317
1981: 59,686
1982: 59,686
1983: 57,864
1984: 63,959
1985: 63,105
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