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1952 Jaguar XK vs. 1955 Volkswagen Beetle

To start off, 1955 Volkswagen Beetle is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1952 Jaguar XK. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1952 Jaguar XK would be higher. At 3,441 cc (6 cylinders), 1952 Jaguar XK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1952 Jaguar XK (158 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 124 more horse power than 1955 Volkswagen Beetle. (34 HP @ 3900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1952 Jaguar XK should accelerate faster than 1955 Volkswagen Beetle. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1952 Jaguar XK weights approximately 495 kg more than 1955 Volkswagen Beetle. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1952 Jaguar XK is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1952 Jaguar XK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1955 Volkswagen Beetle, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1952 Jaguar XK 1955 Volkswagen Beetle
Make Jaguar Volkswagen
Model XK Beetle
Year Released 1952 1955
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3441 cc 1192 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 158 HP 34 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 3900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1295 kg 800 kg
Vehicle Length 4430 mm 4070 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1560 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2410 mm


 

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