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1996 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.4L Specs & Features

This car is an unusual combination of base model plus bigger engine and wheels. Typically if you wanted that you would buy the GT version, but I couldn't afford it at the time. I knew I didn't want the 2.2L engine, though, so I put in my order and waited a month for my car.

This particular car:

Year: 1996
Make: Pontiac
Model: Sunfire
Body: 2 door coupe
Exterior: Black
Interior: Charcoal cloth
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Modifications: Denzo iridium spark plugs
Copper-beryllium spark plug connector springs
Removed tuner tube
Build date: 1 Dec 1995
Assembly Location: Lordstown, Ohio
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Top speed: 115 mph
1/4 mile time: 16.72 sec
1/4 mile speed: 83.80 mph
Drag coefficient:  
0 - 30 mph:  
0 - 60 mph: 8.51 sec
0 - 100 mph:  
60 - 0 braking: 158 ft
Power-to-weight ratio:  
Displacement: 2.4 liters / 146 cu. in. / 2393 cc
Configuration: DOHC In-line 4-cylinder
Type: 2.4 liter L4 SFI, Twin Cam
Position: Front, transverse
Valve train: 16/DOHC
Fuel system: Sequential electronic fuel injection (SEFI)
Ignition system: Distributorless
Alternator: 109 amp
Battery: 66 CCA with run down protection
Horsepower: 150 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm-
Bore: 3.54 in / 90 mm
Stroke: 3.7 in / 94 mm
Bore/Stroke Ratio: 0.96
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Block material:  
Cylinder head material:  
Engine control system:  
Emission controls: Catalytic converter
Exhaust system: Aluminized stainless steel
Heater: Engine block
Oil level sensor: Engine
Oil capacity:  
Gear type: 5-speed manual with overdrive
1st gear ratio: 3.73:1 man / 2.96 auto
2nd gear ratio: 2.04:1 / 1.63 auto
3rd gear ratio: 1.33:1 / 1.00 auto
4th gear ratio: 0.92:1/ 0.68 auto
5th gear ratio: 0.70:1 / na auto
Reverse gear ratio: 3.58:1 / 2.13 auto
Final drive ratio: 3.94:1 / 3.91:1
Body & Chassis  
Drive wheels: Front wheel drive
Weight distribution:  
Steering: Hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion
Turns lock-to-lock:  
Materials: Two-sided galvanized steel body panels (except roof)
Front brakes: Power-assisted disc brakes
Front brake size:  
Rear brakes: Power-assisted drum brakes
Rear brake size:  
Wheels: 15" x 6" steel
Tires: P195/65R15 touring radial
Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear Suspension: Trailing tubular axle with coil spring over shock
Fuel tank capacity: 15.2 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: Manual: 24 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy.
Automatic: 25 mpg city / 32 mpg hwy.
Range in miles: Manual: 364.8 mi. city / 547.2 mi. hwy.
Automatic: 380 mi. city / 486.4 mi. hwy.
Recommended fuel: Regular unleaded, 87 octane
Exterior Dimensions  
Curb weight: 2679 lbs
Length: 182" / 4623 mm
Exterior width: 67.4" / 1712 mm
Exterior height: 53.2" / 1351 mm
Wheelbase: 104.1" / 2644 mm
Front track: 57.6" / 1463 mm
Rear track: 56.7" / 1440 mm
Steering ratio:  
Turning radius: 37.2 ft.
Ground clearance:  
Interior Dimensions  
Front head room: 37.5"
Front leg room: 42.3"
Maximum cargo capacity: 12.4 cu. ft.
Maximum seating: 5


Seating & Interior: Bucket front seats
  Manual reclining
  Tilt steering wheel
  Manual air conditioning
  Manual locks
  Manual windows
  Manual mirror adjust
  Folding rear seat
Instrumentation: Fuel
Safety: Delco Moraine ABS VI anti-lock brake system
  Dual front airbag restraints
  Reduced-intensity high beam daytime running lamps
  Anti-theft PASSLock system
Exterior Features: Rear spoiler
Other Standard Features: Air conditioning
  Lighted entry system, theater dimming
  Rear window defroster

Thanks to the following sources for the information on this page. I compiled it all here because I wanted a centralized location where I could find any detail I want without searching the web every time.

1996 Sunfire
MSN Autos