Originally Posted by Chuck
Yeah, but your AC unit is in the wrong hole, further aft, which obviously lightens the tongue weight. Plus, I have rear and street-side awnings.
Seriously, though: its all about the gearing. The ol' 318 has 230hp and 300ftlbs (allegedly). But with the 3:55 rear-end.
If you do the math, the combination produces 2000lbs of thrust in 1st gear. (torque x 1st gear x rear end/wheel diameter). Weighs about 5200lbs.
Modern mini's (they're all very similar) produce about 3000lbs, and weigh about 4600lbs. 6 gears instead of 3. Same payload as a 1/2-ton pickup.
My initial thought when I started this thread was about the towing capacities of my Grand Caravan, but you now got me thinking/curious about how (where) my torque is delivered. The Bambi Sport has a base weight of 2860lbs. It will be interesting to see where the sweet spot for me is with my 6 speed transmission.
Engine ratings are 3.6L V-6 with 283HP and 260 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
My axle ratio is 3.16.
Curb weight is 4510lbs and payload is 1540
An AWD minivan with a diesel would be awesome...This coming from a single guy who will never have kids. LOL Still, I think that would be an awesome tow/utility vehicle.