VAZ-2106

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VAZ-2106
Lada 1600, produced in 1978, at the I. International Oldtimer and Youngtimer Festival, Budapest, 2011.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer AvtoVAZ
Also called Lada 1600
VAZ-2106
Zhiguli 2106
Production 1975–2005
Assembly Izhevsk, Russia (IzhAvto)
Kherson, Ukraine (Anto-Rus)
Syzran, Russia (RosLada)
Tolyatti, Soviet Union/Russia (AvtoVAZ)
Body and chassis
Class Compact car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine 1568 cc I4
Transmission 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Length 4,090 mm (161.0 in)
Width 1,610 mm (63.4 in)
Height 1,370 mm (54.0 in)
Curb weight 1,030 kg (2,271 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor VAZ-2103

The VAZ-2106 is an automobile which was produced by the Russian manufacturer AvtoVAZ, later by Russian IZh and Ukrainian Anto-Rus. A hugely popular car, it was in production from 1975 to 2005.[2]

Overview

Based on the earlier VAZ-2103,[1] the 2106 was a four-door, four-seat saloon powered by a 78 hp (58 kW; 79 PS) 1,568 cc (95.7 cu in) single overhead cam inline four engine of Lada's own design.[2] It used the pistons of the VAZ-21011's 1,294 cc (79.0 cu in) and the crankshaft of the VAZ-2103's 1,452 cc (88.6 cu in).[3] Though only marginally more powerful than the 2103's engine, it produced more torque, 86 ft·lbf (117 N·m) rather than 76 ft·lbf (103 N·m), making it easier to drive.[3] Top speed was 93 mph (150 km/h), with 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) acceleration in 16 seconds.[4]

It was also known as the Zhiguli 2106[1] and as the Lada 1600.[2] For many consumers it was "the top of the Eastern Bloc charts for comfort and prestige",[3] since the more expensive ZiL and Volga were out of reach for them.

It debuted in December 1975, and "would become the most popular and most numerous VAZ product".[4] It differed in detail from the 2103, having black plastic headlight surrounds and grille, instead of chrome, and larger taillights.[3]

The 21061, with the 75 hp (56 kW; 76 PS) 1,452 cc (88.6 cu in) VAZ-2103 engine, and 21063, with the 64 hp (48 kW; 65 PS) 1,294 cc (79.0 cu in), appeared in 1979.[4] (The 21063 would disappear in 1993.[4]) The less-powerful, but also cheaper, 21061 would be the sales leader,[4] helping make the 2106 the top Lada-branded marque.[5]

Special rally-prepared versions had up to 135 hp (101 kW; 137 PS) from the 1,294 cc (79.0 cu in) and up to from the 150 hp (110 kW; 150 PS)1,570 cc (96 cu in), while there was a turbocharged sixteen-valve 1.8 liter delivering 240 hp (180 kW; 240 PS).[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 VAZ-2106, vaz-avto.ucoz.ru Retrieved on 3 May 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lada 1600 / VAZ-2106, www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 3 May 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Thompson, Andy. Cars of the Soviet Union (Haynes Publishing, Somerset, UK, 2008), p.111.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Thompson, p.113.
  5. Thompson, p.114.
  6. Thompson, p.115.

External links

  • Media related to VAZ-2106 at Wikimedia Commons