2002-06 IP COMMUTER (Internal model code: U80)
Released in 1966 and being a strong seller until the early 90s, the 8th generation marked the end of the Commuter series after declining in sales for a bunch of years. The styling was conservative for 2002, which was done on purpouse since it did reflect the taste of the buyers still interested in the Commuter, and there was now only one body style, a 4 door sedan. There was only two engines available, an 1.8 litre four in the S and SE models, and a 2.5 litre five cylinder in the sporty GS version, all naturally aspirated. However, technology wise, the U80 was far from forgotten during the development, introducing things like a 6 speed manual transmission (4 speed computer controlled automatic optional), electric power steering and traction control to the range.
Speaking of technology, all models were front wheel drive, since the AWD option was dropped a couple of years ago, featured a transverse engine, strut suspension up front and semi trailing arms in the rear. The unibody and panels were formed from corrosion resistant steel. The base model was the 1800S, though by no means a bare bones model, featuring ABS, traction control, manual A/C, electric windows up front, electric mirrors, CD player, dual airbags (side airbags optional) among other things. The 1800SE was mostly a cosmetical package, adding more luxurious interior fabrics and colour matched panels, painted mirrors and alloy wheels, though a sunroof and a better sound system also was added.
The sports model, the five cylinder GS, only available with a six speed manual, added contoured sports seats up front, a chunky leather wrapped steering wheel, faux carbon fibre panels and gearknob inside, 16 inch alloys, dual tailpipes, painted door handles, a rear wing and smoked turn signals in the rear.
After 40 years of production, 2006 meant the end of the IP Commuter, by the time becoming a more or less forgotten model in the lineup.
TECHNICAL DATA 1800S manual (1800 SE automatic) (2500 GS manual)
Wheelbase: 248 cm
Length: 451 cm
Width: 176 cm
Weight: 1220 kg (1258 kg) (1310 kg)
Engine block type: 4 cyl inline AlSi (4 cyl inline AlSi) (5 cyl inline AlSi)
Head: 4 valve AlSi DOHC
Bore: 80 mm (80 mm) (82.5 mm)
Stroke: 88 mm (88 mm) (93 mm)
Compression ratio: 11.6:1 (11.6:1) (10.9:1)
Power output: 87.5 kW@6700 RPM (87.5 kW@6700 RPM) (130 kW@7100 RPM)
Maximum torque: 157.5 Nm@3700 RPM (157.5 Nm@3700 RPM) (226 Nm@4000 RPM)
Fuel delivery: Direct injection
Fuel type: 95 unleaded
Tyre type: Radial
Tyre compound: Hard (Hard) (Medium)
Tyre dimension: 185/65R15 (185/65R15) (205/50R16)
Rim type: Steel (Alloy) (Alloy)
Cornering: 0.86 G (0.86 G) (0.96 G)
Top speed: 221 km/h (216 km/h) (243 km/h)
0-100: 9.55 s (11 s) (7.62 s)
Quartermile: 17.10 s (18.18 s) (15.66 s)
Gas mileage: 6.2 l/100 km (6.5 l/100 km) (6.3 l/100 km)
Brakes F/R: Vented disc/solid disc (Vented disc/solid disc) (Vented disc/vented disc)
Braking 100-0: 40.8 m (41.1 m) (37.1 m)
Price (recalculated to todays values): $21200 ($22800) ($28700)