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Matra Murena

Matra Murena

Matra Murena

Year (of specifications) 1980 - 1983
Engine 1.6 litre and 2.2 litre 4 cylinder
Transmission 5 speed manual RWD
Max speed 122 mph (2.2 litre)
0-60 mph 9.4 seconds (2.2 litre)
Horsepower up to 142 bhp (2.2 litre S-Kit)
weight 930 - 1033 kg / 2050 - 2277 lbs

The Matra Murena was a three seat sports car largely based on its predecessor, the Matra Simca Bagheera.

The Matra Murena was manufactured from 1980 to 1983 by the French engineering group Matra in conjunction with the automaker Simca. However, in 1979, Simca, who were part of Chrysler Europe were taken over by PSA and the Simca cars were rebranded to Talbot. This resulted in the Murena being marketed as the 'Talbot Matra Murena'.

Like the Matra Bagheera which came before it, the Murena had an unusual three seat layout. A single front row with three full-size seats. Although the middle seat can be folded down to act as an armrest when only two people are in the car. The steel spaceframe chassis of the Murena was fully galvanized and the body panels were formed from fibreglass. This meant that the car was very resistant to rust - a problem on the Bagheera.

Powering the Matra Murena was a choice of two mid-mounted engines, a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder unit, and a more powerful (but heavier) 2.2 litre engine. The transmission was handled by a 5 speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

Similar and related vehicles:
Matra Simca Bagheera


Review by: Philippe:
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from 1981 to 1984 only 10,680 vehicles were produced (all engines combined):
5640 copies 1.6L
4560 copies 2.2L
480 copies only for the 2.2L 'S'

My 2.2L

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