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B&M 80776 Sport Shifter Automatic Shifter

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The Gran Torino Sport now featured its own unique emblem, which it displayed in the grille and on the trunk lock cover. The laser strip was still an option but was revised to a slightly different shape, and ran higher along on the body side. The Sport no longer featured a hood scoop, and the Ram Air induction option was also gone. Other than the above changes, the Sport was unchanged from the 1972 model year, and continued to be offered as a 2-door hardtop and 2-door SportsRoof. In the magazine road test of a 1973 Gran Torino Sport, the suspension received high marks for comfort and handling. wrote that the Torino was as "..quiet as a Jaguar, smooth as a Continental, the Torino's ride is exceptional...even with the competition suspension." Their test of a SportsRoof equipped with the 351 CJ, C-6 automatic, and 3.25:1 gears, resulted in a 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 7.7 seconds while the quarter mile went by in 16.0 seconds at 88.1 mph (141.8 km/h). The 0-60 time was 0.9 seconds slower than the 1972 model tested a year before; however, this can partially be attributed to differences in gear ratio, transmission type, and an almost 350 lb (160 kg) increase in weight. The 1973 Sport had a test weight of 4,308 lb (1,954 kg), while the 1972 had a test weight of 3,966 lb (1,799 kg). Performance was certainly no longer at the "Super Car" level, but still was respectable. For comparison, in a test of a 1970 Torino 2-door equipped with a 351-4V, Cruise-O-Matic, and 3.00:1 gears, they recorded a 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 8.7 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 16.5 seconds at 86 mph (138 km/h). However, the high compression 1970 motor required premium fuel, while the low compression 1973 motor could run on regular.

That said, if one was smart enough to upgrade to the Heavy Duty suspension, the cars handling improved dramatically, and the competition suspension option for the two-door cars offered even better handling. In a 1973 Popular Science comparison, a 1973 Gran Torino Sport easily beat a Laguna, Satellite, and Matador by having the fast speed through the handling course. Car and Driver, Tom McCahill, Road Test Magazine, and almost every road test I have compiled from that day all complemented the heavy duty (sometimes called Cross Country) and competition suspension.

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