Concept Cars | Strange Vehicles | Sports Cars | Motorcycles | Boats | Aircraft | Submarines

Home > Sports cars > Matra Simca Bagheera

Matra Simca Bagheera

Matra Simca Bagheera

Matra Simca Bagheera

Matra Simca Bagheera

Year (of specifications) 1973 - 1980
Engine 1.3 litre and 1.5 litre 4 cylinder
Transmission 4 speed manual RWD
Max speed 109 mph (1.3 litre)
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 84 hp (1.3 litre)
weight -

The Matra Simca Bagheera was a sports car created through a collusion between the French engineering group Matra and car manufacturer Simca. The Matra Simca Bagheera was manufactured from 1973 to 1980, when it was replaced with the Matra Murena - which used many components and the same layout as the Bagheera. In total 47,802 Bagheeras were constructed.

The Bagheera name was borrowed from the panther in Rudyard Kipling's story 'The Jungle Book'. One of the most unusual features of the Matra Simca Bagheera is its interior layout - three seats in a row. Behind the seats is the mid-mounted engine. Originally the Matra Bagheera was offered with a 1.3 litre 4 cylinder, later this was increased to a more powerful 1.5 litre unit. The power was sent to the rear wheels via a 4 speed manual gearbox.

Throughout its 7 year life span the Bagheera underwent a few updates. In 1976 the car underwent a major restyling, with only the rear carried over. Further changes took place in 1978, when the dashboard was replaced, and in 1979 the car was given conventional door handles which replaced the previous hidden ones.

The Matra Simca Bagheera was also one of the very few vehicles ever created to be fitted with a 'U engine'. Matra engineers believed the car could use a more powerful engine, so they developed a unique powerplant out of two 1.3 L Simca straight-4 engines, joined side-by-side by a common pan unit, the two crankshafts being linked by chain. This resulted in a 2.6 L 8-cylinder engine, producing 168 bhp. However, Chrysler Europe (the parent company of Simca) was unwilling to pursue the project due to the developing fuel crises as well as its own financial problems. Therefore the U8-powered Bagheera project was shelved and only three units were ever built.


Similar and related vehicles:
Matra Murena




Home - About - Contact - Privacy Policy
CC 2005 - 2015 diseno-art.com