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Opel Manta B
                  with 15 different engines

Opel Manta B GT/E
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement1897/1979 cm³
Bore * stroke93/95 * 69,8 mm
Main bearings5
Compression9,2 : 1 (premium)
Cylinder headCast iron
Engine controlOHC (chain)
Mixture preparationL-jetronic/LE-jetronic (since 1983)
Tank capacity50 liter
Cooling systemFluid, visco-clutch
Torque152/159 Nm at 4200/3400 rpm
Power77/81 kW (105/110 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5400 rpm
Power drive designFront engine with rear-wheel drive
Suspension (in front)Trapeze- and double wishbones, coil springs, gas pressure damper
Suspension (rear)Rigid axle, coil springs, gas pressure damper
SteeringGear rack
Tyres185/70 oder 195/70 HR 13 (5,5 or 6")
Brakes f/rDiscs/drums, hydraulic, dual-circuit, brake servo
Length4445 mm
Width1670 mm
Height1325 mm
Weight1030 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 180 km/h
PriceFrom 13.900 DM
Years of manufacture1975 - 1988

The old dream comes true, the sporty couple can take his children for a ride and does not yet without a coupe. This is of solid workmanship of a mass production manufacturer. The parts are highly identical with those of the well-behaved limousine. The price is still acceptable, although with the GT/E with black hood and spoiler the absolute limit is reached slowly. The car will be ordered more than the previous model and still rare by women.

Only the image produced by Opel does not quite fit. The advertising appeals to more youthful buyers, thus those, who - at least at this time - can not quite afford such a new car. It gets worse. This type of car owners will regarded suddenly as proles, people with few brain and a lot of affectation. This can be seen in films and jokes, pushes the value of the car and the mood of the owners. Thus the preservation of the vehicles not is worthwhile. One gets the impression from Manta B are now less vehicles than from the older Manta A.

Thereby the body is a great improvement compared to its predecessor. In contrast to this it has also again similarity to a U.S. model, where only certain stylistic elements were taken over by the Chevrolet Monza 2+2. Despite integrated roll bar a lucid interior and a straight design without no frills are the result. Even one dares almost to give up the radiator grill. With the cost pressure, of course the dashboard must be taken over by its sister model Ascona. Under the sheet metal, it has remained up to the Bilstein shock absorbers in the technique of predecessor. The engine is despite electronic fuel injection nothing special, but not too exaggerated loud and inelastic. However, more aerodynamic than its predecessor, it is not. And despite the rear rigid axle good road handling is obtained by hardening in comfort. Without compromise it's not really if the family father mutates into a racing driver.

Opel Manta B 12N/12S/13N/13S
Displacement1196/1196/1297/1297 cm³
Bore * stroke79/75 * 61/73,4 mm
Compression7,8/9/8,2/9,2 : 1
Cylinder headCast iron/GG/alu/alu
Mixture preparationCarburetor
Torque85/90/96/143 Nm at
3400/2600-3400/3800/3800-4600 rpm
Power40/44/44 kW (55/60/60 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5400/5500/5800 rpm
Tyres165 SR 13 (5")
Weight1030 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 140/145/150 km/h
Construction period1976-79/1975-79/1979-81/1982-88

Opel Manta B 16S/16S/18N
Displacement1584/1584/1796 cm³
Bore * stroke84,4 * 69,8/79,5 mm
Compression8,0/8,8/9,2 : 1
Cylinder headCast iron/GG/alu
Engine controlOHC (toothed belt)
Mixture preparationCarburetor
Torque103/115/140 Nm at
Power44/55/66 kW (60/75/90 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5000/5000/5400 rpm
Maximum speedApprox. 150/160/175 km/h
Construction period1982-88/1975-78/1975-78

Opel Manta B 19N/19S/20N/20S
Displacement1897/1979 cm³
Bore * stroke93/95 * 69,8 mm
Compression7,9/8,8/8,0/9,0/9,4 : 1
Mixture preparationCarburetor, L-jetronic (81 kW)
Torque132/-/147/-/159 Nm at
220-3400/-/2600-3800/-/3000 rpm
Power54/66/66/74/81 kW (75/90/90/100/110 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5400/5500/5200/5200/5400 rpm
Tyres185/70 HR 13 (6") only 20S
Maximum speedApprox. 160/170/170/175/180 km/h
Construction period1982-88/1975-78/1978-81/1977-83/1978

Opel Manta-B-Tuning 2,4/2,7
Displacement2396/2660 cm³
Bore * stroke95 * 88 / 97 * 90 mm
Compression9,6 : 1 / 9,8 : 1
Torque206/264 Nm at
4100/3800 rpm
Power100/118 kW (136/160 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5000/5400 rpm
Tyres185/70 HR 13 (6") only 20S
Maximum speedApprox. 200/220 km/h               Top of page               Index
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