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Performance Review: Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe - [1953]

Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe - [1953] image

Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe - [1953]

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Figures & Specs Summary:

  • Year: 1953 | Type: Coupe
  • Engine: 1997 cc (121.8 ci) 8 Valve
  • Engine Formation: St4
  • Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Transmission: 4 speed / Manual
  • Top Speed: 137 mph (220.4 kph)
  • 0-60 mph (96.6 kph): 6.8 secs
  • 0-100 kph (0-62 mph): 7.0 secs
  • 0-100 mph (160.9 kph): 17.8 secs
  • Power: 140 bhp (104 kW) @ 6500 rpm
  • Kerbweight: 750 kgs (1653 lbs)
  • Torque: 122 lb-ft (165.4 Nm) @ 5000 rpm
  • Drive: RWD | Engine Location: Front
  • 1/4 Mile (Est.): 14.52 secs @ 94.2 mph
  • BHP Per Ton: 186.6 bhp
  • Torque Per Ton: 162.6 lb-ft
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Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante Performance Review.

Introduction:

This edition of the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe is the 4 speed / Manual version and was first brought out in 1953. This was at around the same time as the introduction of the 1954 Jaguar D Type 3.4L and the 1954 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe.This particular Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante has a 1997cc Naturally Aspirated Petrol powerplant with 4 cylinders in a St formation.

Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged - [2013] image

Alternative Petrol St4's includes the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged

The Disco Volante shares its Petrol St4 engine configuration with the likes of the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged and the 2011 BAC Mono 280bhp. If you're looking for other fast cars which share the Disco Volante's Rear Wheel Drive, Coupe combination then how about the 1982 Fiat X1/9 1.5 8V or the 1965 Aston-Martin DB6 1965.

Power and Weight:

Weighing in at 750 kgs (1653 lbs) this makes the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe in the same weight category as the 2002 Lotus Elise Sport 135 or the give or take 50kg.

Audi A1 A1 Sportback 35 TFSI S tronic S line - [2020] image

The Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante shares the same bhp with the 2020 Audi A1 A1 Sportback 35 TFSI S tronic S line (148 bhp)

In terms of power the 1997cc 8V St4 engine produces 140 bhp (104 kW) @ 6500 rpm similar to the 2020 Audi A1 A1 Sportback 35 TFSI S tronic S line (148 bhp) or the 2018 Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Automated (162 bhp).

The Naturally Aspirated St4 throws out 122 lb-ft (165.4 Nm) @ 5000 rpm placing it with cars of similar torque performance figures such as the 2013 Renault Captur 1.2 Turbo TCe 120 EDC (140 lb-ft) or the 2012 Mini Cooper Paceman (118 lb-ft).

Power to Weight:

If one combines the weight with power or torque performance for the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante you can get a better idea of it's real world performance.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan 6.7 V12 Turbo - [2018] image

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 6.7 V12 Turbo (211.6 bhp per ton) has similar Bhp Per Ton stats as the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante.

The Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante has a Power to weight ratio of 186.6 bhp per ton and 162.6 lb-ft per ton. Bhp Per Ton figures of the 1953 Disco Volante competing with the 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 6.7 V12 Turbo (211.6 bhp per ton) or the 1996 Maserati Quattroporte 3.2 V8 Biturbo (211.5 bhp per ton).


Power to Weight(cont.):

If you agree with the late great Carroll Shelby then arguably an even better indicator of potential performance, Torque. Use weight as well and you end up with - Torque per ton, with the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante generating around 162.6 lb-ft per ton. If you're curious as to what other cars have as much torque to weight then look no further than the 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR (187.6 lb-ft per ton) or the 2009 Seat Leon Cupra R 2.0 20v (187.6 lb-ft per ton).

Acceleration:

With a 0-60mph time of 6.8 secs or a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of 7.0 secs, this made the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe as fast as the 2017 Dodge Charger SXT AWD 3.7 V6 (6.8 secs) the 2015 Renault Megane Energy TCe 205 GT 1.6 Turbo (6.8 secs) the 2012 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Countrman (6.8 secs) the or the 2010 Volkswagen-VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI DSG (6.8 secs). This Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe is also faster than the 2015 Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Coupe (6.9 secs) the 2013 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 V6 Supercharged (6.9 secs) the 2012 Ford Fiesta ST 1.6 Turbo (6.9 secs) the and the 2009 Renault Clio 2.0 RenaultSport III 200 Cup (6.9 secs).

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Quarter Mile time is a close race between the Disco Volante and the 2017 BMW 5 Series 540d xDrive G30

When talking about the performance of the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante on the drag strip it can reach a quarter mile in an estimated 14.52 secs @ 94.2 mph. Similar performance down the quarter mile can be found with the the 2017 BMW 5 Series 540d xDrive G30 (14.46 secs), the 2006 BMW 3 Series 335i M-Sport 2d E90 (14.47 secs), and the 1993 BMW 3 Series M3 E36 (14.47 secs).

Top Speed:

Modern performance cars are often artificially restricted to 155mph. The 1953 version of the Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe has a maximum speed of 137mph.

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Top Speed of the 1953 Disco Volante equals the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Woks 2.0 Turbo (148 mph)

If maxing out your car on the AutoBahn is your thing and you're wondering what's faster than the 1953 Alfa-Romeo Disco Volante 1900 Touring Coupe then how about the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Woks 2.0 Turbo (148 mph), the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works 2.0 Turbo Auto (148 mph), or the 2012 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Clubman (148 mph).

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