Bruckell Moonhawk

Bruckell Moonhawk

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Bruckell Moonhawk
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1973-1975 Bruckell Moonhawk V8
Overview
Manufacturer Bruckell
Production 1973 - 1978
Internal Name moonhawk
Body and Chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 4.0L OHV I6
6.2L OHV V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
4-speed manual
3-speed automatic
5-speed manual (aftermarket)
6-speed manual (aftermarket)
4-speed automatic (aftermarket)

The Bruckell Moonhawk is an intermediate-sized rear-wheel drive coupe with I6 and V8 engine options, produced by Bruckell between 1973 and 1978. It was added in the 0.3.0.4 update on September 11th, 2013. It can be upgraded with heavy duty coil springs, shocks, and front sway bar for tighter handling, as well as a sport steering box and steering wheel. The base I6 makes 151 horsepower, while the standard V8 makes around 183hp. The V8 can be upgraded to a supercharged version making almost 300 horsepower. The engines make peak torque around 2500 rpm and have smooth power delivery throughout the rev range. There are 6 different transmissions available.

I fell in love with the 73-77 GM "Colonnade" cars recently and had to make something similar. It's an intermediate-sized Malaise-era "muscle" car (if you can even call it that)...

—Gabester, BeamNG Dev Blog, 14 February 2013



Characteristics

Handling

The handling of the Moonhawk is heavy and unresponsive, but also neutral and somewhat balanced. It tends to understeer when pushed to its limits, however the sport models can handle well under regular driving. When its rear end is forced out, it can hold a drift well. However, its tall gear ratios do not allow drifting in higher gears with most of the engines. Locking the gear in automatic transmission is a must to pull off a continuous drift.

Suspension

The suspension is rather soft, but somewhat bouncy in order to hold its mass. Combined with good ride height, this allows the Moonhawk to take bumps well, even at high speeds. However, when multiple bumps are strung together, the bounciness of the suspension will make the car harder to control, and the front will scrape on the ground, possibly even leading to a crash.

Collisions

In head on collisions, the Moonhawk performs poorly. Though it has a long engine compartment as buffer, the vehicle is too soft to actually absorb much force. However, even after major impacts, the Moonhawk often remains operable and can still push itself around. When the vehicle is dropped from a height, the front suspension usually breaks, making steering impossible.

Factory Configurations

The base model I6 Moonhawk has an 244 CUI I6 with a 2-barrel carburetor producing 151 bhp and 236 lb-ft which in a car weighing 3594 lbs (3605 lbs for the Automatic) feels painfully slow. It comes standard with a 2.83 open differential and 15x7 steel wheels with a dog dish hubcap all around. It comes standard with a beige interior. It also has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes with basic brake pads. It offers a choice of a 3-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic and has a facelift version and a pre-facelift version. The facelift version has two rectangular headlights on each side stacked on top of each other, while the pre-facelift version has a single circular headlight on each side.

The standard V8 Moonhawk weighs 3902 lbs. It has a 378 CUI V8 with 2-barrel carburetor cranking out 183 bhp and 272 lb-ft. It feels slightly faster than the I6 and provides a good balance of power. It also has a 3-speed automatic and facelift/pre-facelift versions, but its manual option has been upgraded to a 4-speed. It still has the same steel wheels, but it comes with Bruckell Styler hubcaps and a 3.08 open differential. It also comes with fancy chrome stripping on the doors.

The V8 Sport version had the 2-barrel carburetor upgraded to a 4-barrel which improved the power to 197 bhp and 282 lb-ft. The car still weights 3902 lbs, but has a sport steering wheel and a red interior. This variant also includes heavy duty shocks, springs and front sway bar, and it has sport brake pads. This car also comes with a quick ratio steering box, a 3.08 PlusTrak limited slip differential, and, in the pre-facelift version, it has Alder Sporter 15x8 wheels in the front and 15x9 in the back. The facelift version has Alder Magnum 15x8 wheels in the front with 15x9 in the back.

The V8 Special is the top of the line model. It was only available in the pre-facelift variant with a 4-speed manual transmission. It comes with a custom color scheme with a lighter version of the main color running along the bottom of the vehicle. It has a black interior, the sport steering wheel, and had the chrome stripping and bumpers removed to save weight. (3759 lbs) It has a stage 1 supercharger, which along with a high-performance radiator, boosts the power to 294 bhp and 425 lb-ft. The car also comes with semi-race brake pads and Alder Rush 15x8 wheels in the front with 15x9 in the back. This is the fastest factory model.

Custom Configurations

The Terrible is a beater dirt racing version of the I6. It comes with the same 244 CUI I6, but has a 4-speed manual, and a right side-exit exhaust. It has had the front fascia, bumpers, hubcaps, door panels, passenger and rear seats, and rear panel removed to save weight. The car also comes with a custom Nomi Mod.301 racing wheel, quick-ratio steering, and a 3.08 welded rear differential. It weighs 3285 lbs and has the same amount of power as the I6. It is noticeably faster accelerating than the base I6.

The Detective Special Moonhawk is similar to the V8 Sport version, but has some features from the I6. It only comes in a 3-speed automatic with the facelift variant, and has a black interior with a red beacon light on the roof. The car has the same underpinnings and engine as the V8 Sport but has the wheels from the I6. It also had the sport steering wheel and chrome stripping removed. This version is marketed towards private detectives who are not police, but may need a pursuit vehicle.

The Elite Custom version is a supercharged street racer with a stage 2 supercharger producing 459 bhp and 617 lb-ft. It has a custom 5-speed manual and the same underpinnings as the Special version of the Moonhawk. It is only available with the pre-facelift headlights and comes with custom painted trim and a lip spoiler. It has a black interior, a Nomi Mod.307 wheel, and has no lettering or badges on the rear. It comes with Alder Dragger 15x8 wheels in the front, and 15x9 in the back. Unfortunately, unlike the Special, the Elite Custom does not have a high-performance radiator and is prone to overheating. The "Elite Custom"'s name in the config selector is "Drive". It's an Easter Egg referring to the Chevy Malibu in the movie "Drive"

The Drag is similar to the Elite Custom but has fat drag tires in the rear and skinny bicycle wheels in the front and it has a roll cage, wheelie bar, side exit exhaust, no bumpers, and it had the rear seats and passenger seat removed. It comes with a Nomi Mod.207R steering wheel, and it has a stage 4 supercharger which pumps out an incredible 1519 bhp and 1701 lb-ft. It comes with a race limited slip differential, a cut hood, a blower, a drag 4-speed automatic and a high-performance radiator. It is only available with the pre-facelift headlights and has a black interior. This car is capable of setting incredible 1/4 mile times while still weighing 3913 lbs.

The Track is very similar to the Drag but does not have a wheelie bar or a blower. It also has a custom stripe livery, a race 6-speed manual, a Nomi Mod.301 racing wheel, front and rear fender flares, the same engine as the Special, and Folk ZT55 18x10 wheels all around. It also had its brakes, brake pads, shocks, springs, and front sway bar upgraded to race versions of the parts. It only comes in the pre-facelift version, and has a black interior. This track built variant is unfortunately let down by its lack of a high-performance radiator which means it will overheat more quickly then other track vehicles in its class.

Configurations

Thumbnail
Name
Description
Paint Color
Performance Class
Value
Weight
Configuration Type
Population
Internal Name
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The Terrible (M)
Unnecessary components are removed to make this into an excellent dirt racer
Aquamarine
4
5500
3351 lbs
Custom
100
terrible
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I6 (A)
Base inline 6 model from 1976-1978
Steel Blue
2
6000
3539 lbs
Factory
2500
i6a
Moonhawki6.jpeg
I6 (M)
Base inline 6 model from 1976-1978
Steel Blue
2
6000
3517 lbs
Factory
3500
i6m
Moonhawki6pre.jpeg
I6 (A)
Base inline 6 model from 1973-1975
Autumn Yellow
2
7000
3539 lbs
Factory
1500
i6a_alt
Moonhawki6pre.jpeg
I6 (M)
Base inline 6 model from 1973-1975
Autumn Yellow
2
7000
3517 lbs
Factory
2500
i6m_alt
Moonhawkv8.jpeg
V8 (A)
Big-block V8 model from 1976-1978
Sonoran Brown
4
11500
3759 lbs
Factory
4500
v8a
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V8 (M)
Big-block V8 model from 1976-1978
Sonoran Brown
4
11500
3759 lbs
Factory
3500
v8m
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V8 (A)
Big-block V8 model from 1973-1975
Maroon
4
13000
3759 lbs
Factory
3500
v8a_alt
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V8 (A)
Big-block V8 model from 1973-1975
Maroon
4
13000
3759 lbs
Factory
2500
v8m_alt
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V8 Sport (A)
The V8 Sport is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, a limited-slip differential, 4-barrel carburetors, and sport wheels and tires
Bone White
5
16000
3759 lbs
Factory
500
v8a_sport
Moonhawkv8sport.jpeg
V8 Sport (M)
The V8 Sport is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, a limited-slip differential, 4-barrel carburetors, and sport wheels and tires
Bone White
5
16000
3759 lbs
Factory
500
v8m_sport
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V8 Sport (A)
The V8 Sport is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, a limited-slip differential, 4-barrel carburetors, and sport wheels and tires
Seaside Blue
5
18000
3759 lbs
Factory
1000
v8a_sport_alt
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V8 Sport (M)
The V8 Sport is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, a limited-slip differential, 4-barrel carburetors, and sport wheels and tires
Seaside Blue
5
18000
3759 lbs
Factory
1000
v8m_sport_alt
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V8 Special (M)
Features a supercharged V8 and special integrated composite bumpers
Cream
6
26000
3616 lbs
Factory
150
v8special
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Detective Special (A)
The Detective Special is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, a limited-slip differential, 4-barrel carburetors, dog dish hubcaps, a widened track, and a red beacon light
Jet Black
5
16500
3770 lbs
Police
100
detective
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Elite Custom (M)
Custom supercharged variant with body-colored trim and bumpers, heavy-duty suspension, and special wheels
Elite Gray
7
38500
3770 lbs
Custom
10
drive
Moonhawkdrag.jpeg
Drag (A)
The Drag version has a supercharged V8 and drag slicks, giving it enough power and grip to lift the front wheels
Clementine
6
49000
3671 lbs
Custom
10
drag
Moonhawktrack.jpeg
Track (M)
Equipped with race suspension, fender flares, a spoiler, and other race parts
Citrus Orange
7
56000
3671 lbs
Custom
20
track
Moonhawkpowerglow.jpeg
Powerglow (M)
N/A
Charcoal
4
65000
3759 lbs
Powerglow
0
powerglow

Performance Comparison

Bruckell Moonhawk Model Specifications
1973 - 1975
1976 - 1978
Detective Special
V8 Special
Elite Custom
Drag
Track
The Terrible
I6
V8
V8 Sport
Power Glow
I6
V8
V8 Sport
Engine & Drivetrain
Type
4.0L I6
6.2L V8
4.0L I6
6.2L V8
Induction
Natural
Supercharger
Natural
Supercharger
Natural
Intake
2 Barrel Carburetor
4 Barrel Carburetor
Stage 2
2 Barrel Carburetor
4 Barrel Carburetor
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 4
4 Barrel Carburetor
Drivetrain
RWD
Horsepower
148
181
205
375
148
181
205
296
405
1589
416
At (rpm)
4500
4000 - 4700
4350
3750 - 4450
4500
4000 - 4700
4350
3600 - 4300
3950 - 4650
5900 - 6550
5550 - 6300
Torque (Nm)
320
385
395
770
320
385
395
635
785
1935
555
At (rpm)
1900
2050 - 2950
2100 - 3100
2600 - 3350
1900
2050 - 2950
2100 - 3100
2450 - 3200
2650 - 3550
5200 - 6050
4150 - 5300
Transmission (M/A)
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
3-Speed Auto
3-Speed Auto
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
4-Speed Auto Drag
6-Speed Racing Manual
Differential (M/A)
3.38 Welded
3.08 Open
2.83 Open
3.08 Open
2.64 Open
3.08 PlusTrak LSD
2.83 PlusTrak LSD
3.08 PlusTrak LSD
3.08 Open
2.83 Open
3.08 Open
2.64 Open
3.08 PlusTrak LSD
2.83 PlusTrak LSD
3.08 PlusTrak LSD
2.83 LSD
3.40 Race Locked
3.40 Race LSD
Body
Weight (kg) (M/A)
1520
1595
1605
1705
1705
1705
1595
1605
1705
1705
1710
1640
1710
1665
Wheels (F/R)
5-Slot 15x7 (Black)
Alder Magnum 15x8
Alder Magnum 15x9
5-Slot 15x7 (Black)
Alder Sporter 15x8
Alder Sporter 15x9
5-Slot 15x7 (Black)
Alder Rush 15x8
Alder Rush 15x9
Alder Dragger 15x8
Alder Dragger 15x9
Alder Dragger 15x4
Alder Dragger 15x14
Folk ZT55 Deep 18x10 (Black)
Performance
0 - 60mph (100kph) (M/A)
9.6 s (10.2 s)
9.5 s (10.1 s)
10.1 s (10.8 s)
8.7 s (9.2 s)
8.9 s (9.5 s)
7.4 s (7.8 s)
7.6 s (8.1 s)
6.4 s (6.7 s)
9.5 s (10.1 s)
10.1 s (10.8 s)
8.7 s (9.2 s)
8.9 s (9.5 s)
7.4 s (7.8 s)
7.6 s (8.1 s)
9.5 s (9.9 s)
6.6 s (6.9 s)
8.6 s (8.8 s)
3.5 s (3.6 s)
5.2 s (5.4 s)
Top Speed (mph)
113
124
115
124
125
121
129
128
124
113
124
125
121
129
123
121
176
240
187

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Bruckell Moonhawk was the first vehicle, in version 0.4.2.0, to have an alternate variant with a minor "facelift"; this new version, from 1973, actually preceded the original 1976 model.

See Also

Bruckell
Vehicles
Bruckell
Soliad
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