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Triumph Stag

Triumph Stag

The Triumph Stag was out on its own in the market when it appeared in 1970. There was nothing quite like the grand touring four-seater convertible, but it embodied the British Leyland spirit of setting trends and not following them. The theory behind the car worked well, in that it used a new, small-capacity SOHC V8, unitary construction for extra chassis strength, independent front and rear suspension and an Italian-involved design. Unfortunately, reliability problem! OH the engine with overheating and head gasket failures meant many replacement motors under warranty, and when the car hit the US market in 1971, its reputation had already started to tarnish. Two years on saw a MkII version produced with a more refined V8, better steering, five-spoke alloys and improved seating, but by then the damage was done, and the Stag was doomed by 1977.

Triumph Stag Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (189 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):9.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:183 ci (2,997 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:145 bhp (108 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:170 lb ft (230 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Weight:2,795 lb (1,270 kg)
Economy:22 mpg (7.8 km/I)
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