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Pontiac Tempest Le Mans (1962)


Pontiac Tempest Le Mans (1962)

Of the three compact cars GM introduced in 1960, the Tempest was the most radical, with its all-independent suspension. It used a rear mounted transaxle for near-perfect weight distribution, which produced exceptional handling for great driver reward. The other advantage with the Tempest was its weight. Although in standard form it came with a 194ci (3.2-liter) slant four engine, it was best with Buick's all-aluminium V8 (later sold to Rover in the UK) which was virtually the same weight as the four-cylinder unit and helped put the Tempest's overall weight under 3000lb (130kg), almost unheard of for a muscle car of that era. The Tempest used Pontiac's famous split grille, albeit in a slightly subdued fashion for this 1962 year, and inside was roomy for a compact, thanks to the flat floor through the lack of a transmission tunnel.

Pontiac Tempest Le Mans (1962) Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:215 ci (3,523 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:190 bhp (142 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:240 lb ft (325 Nm) @ 2,600 rpm
Weight:2,955 lb (1,343 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6.01 km/I)
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