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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1912 - 1914
Numbers built:7 (Five-litre Bugattis)
Designed by:Henri Labourdette
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 07, 2015
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Configuration Straight 4
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction cast-iron block and head
Displacement 5,027 cc / 306.8 cu in
Bore / Stroke 100.0 mm (3.9 in) / 160.0 mm (6.3 in)
Valvetrain 3 valves / cylinder, SOHC
Fuel feed Carburettor
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 100 bhp / 75 kW @ 2,800 rpm
BHP/Liter 20 bhp / liter

Chassis steel ladder frame
Front suspension live axle, twin semi-elliptic leaf springs, friction dampers
Rear suspension live axle, reversed quarter-elliptic leaf springs
Brakes rear drum brakes
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,550 mm (100.4 in) / N/A / N/A

Performance figures
Top Speed 160 km/h (99 mph)

Past sales

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