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|Oops. Forgot to mention that the engine was a slant-4, tilted over at about 45 degrees rather than straight up or flat like VW/Poshe engines. This lowered the total height, making for a lower center of gravity and hoodline. Another standard thing today.
Bottom line was it produced over 140HP stock from a light-weight 2L engine while meeting federal emission standards, which was unprecedented at the time. Other comparable roadsters (MG, Triumph, Porsche) were producing about 100HP from similar-sized (or even larger) engines.