Following the proven mechnical recipe of a big V8 mounted at the front , the Indy (Tipo 116) was first introduced on the Vignale stand at the Turin Motorshow of 1968, the official launch being reserved for the Geneva show the following year. Replacing the Mexico as the marques 2+2 coupe, the Indy had a new body designed by Vignale and was generally more overtly sporting than the Mexico, both in the external styling (with the sleek retractable headlights, which gave the car an aggressive look when extended) and the interior, where wood gave way to leather for the dashboard which was overall more sporty.
At launch it was fitted with the 4.2-litre engine with 260bhp, but in the following year this was joined by the 4.7-litre unit with 290bhp. From 1971 both these units were repalaced by 4.9-litre with 300bhp, whilst 1973 saw modifications to the gearbox, dashboard and the intorduction of a Citroen style braking system. Air conditioning also became standard. Options included power steering and an automatic gearbox
A total of 1,136 examples were produced until 1974 when production ceased.
Engine 4136cc (88x85mm) quad-cam 90deg V8 with 260bhp @ 5,200rpm
4719cc (94x85mm) quad-cam 90deg V8 with 290bhp @ 5,500rpm
4930cc (94x89mm) quad-cam 90deg V8 with 300bhp @ 5,500rpm
Suspension front : independent with double wishbones and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : live axle with leaf springs plus anti-roll bar
wheelbase : 2600mm
track (front/rear) : 1480mm/1430mm
Brakes ventilated discs all round
servo assistance, dual circuits
Transmission 5 speed manual (3 speed automatic available as option)
dry, single-plate clutch
Steering Worm and sector (power assistance optional) Kerb weight 1500 (Indy 4900 1650kg)kg
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