Years of production
1973 - 1980
1,294cc to 1,442cc
, the Matra-Simca Bagheera Appeared in 1973 it is a model of French automobile , fruit of the first collaboration between Matra and Simca under the brand Matra Simca . The Bagheera was produced from 1973 to 1980 with 47,796 copies built.
It was a transverse mid-engined coupe, the first to offer three front seats. This original concept saved space compared to the typical 2 + 2 layout of vehicles in its class. The goal for Philippe Guédon , head of the study of the M550 (code name Bagheera), was at the time to comfortably accommodate three adults. Indeed, he notices that daily, it is rare to have four passengers on board and thus privileges three real places.
Its body is entirely made of composite: polyester reinforced with fiberglass, either riveted or glued on a self-supporting steel frame. Its weight distribution (42% front / 58% rear) and its four disc braking system give it an excellent road behavior: dynamic and player.
The Bagheera was officially presented to the press on April 14, 1973. The first deliveries took place in July 1973, following the second victory of Matra Sports at the 24 Hours of Le Mans against Ferrari . The manufacturer offered models equipped with the " Poissy engine " of the Simca 1100 Ti with a displacement of 1,294 cm 3 (84 hp DIN at 6,000 rpm ). This engine allowed him to reach 180 km / h thanks to its aerodynamics well studied.
In 1975 appears the limited series Courrèges entirely dressed in white by André Courrèges . That same year, with the appearance of the Bagheera S, Matra borrowed the 1,442 cm 3 of the Simca 1308 GT. The power then reaches 90 hp DIN at 5,800 rpm . Power is still supplied by two carburetors dual vertical body Weber 36 DCNF. The "S" also receives a richer equipment.
In July 1976 (vintage 1977), the Bagheera is restyled and its modernized line with more enveloping bumpers, increased glazed area and various technical improvements. The engines remain identical. The Courrèges receives a cream upholstery and no longer white.
The Courrèges disappears in 1977 for the benefit of the Bagheera X, high-end version still equipped with the 1,442 cm 3 of 90 hp of the S.
In 1979, the base models lost 1,294 cm 3 in favor of 1,442 cm 3 , but equipped with a single carburettor double body then limiting the power to 84 hp DIN to 5,600 rpm . The S and Courrèges models retain the double Weber DCNF carburetor. The limited edition Jubilee is presented in March of this year.The original tires are Michelin XAS FF (Formula France), 155HR13 in the front, and 185HR13 in the rear. The upper diameter of the rear tires increases the development of the transmission while keeping the gearbox and thus the original Simca bridge!
In 1980, all models are equipped with a solid-state Hall effect ignition . Production stops with the arrival of the Matra Murena .
Two prototypes Bagheera U8 (rolling) were developed from 1973, motorized by the coupling of 2 " Poissy engines " of 1 294 cm 3 (one of the Simca Rallye, the other of the Simca 1100 TI ). These two engines were identical, in the direction of rotation, which allowed to mount them together in a U-shaped architecture, and which gave: 8 cylinders in U, 2,588 cm 3 , 168 hp at 6,200 rpm, 22 m / kg at 4,000 rpm, and 220 km / h peak. The oil crisis will be right for this model with too much consumption (28 l per 100 km).
Production total: 47,796
Engine: gasoline,1,294cc to 1,442cc
Engine position: Central Transversal
Maximum power: 84 to 90hp
Unloaded weight: 960 / 1,015 kg
Top speed: 182 km / h
Acceleration: 0 to 100 km / h in 12.7 s
Chassis: Self-supporting steel frame
Brakes: 4 disc brakes
Length: 3,970 / 4,010 / and for X models: 4,050 mm
Width: 1730 mm
Height: 1,070 / 1,220 mm
wheelbase: 2370 mm