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1952 Jaguar XK vs. 1973 Porsche 917

To start off, 1973 Porsche 917 is newer by 21 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 4,994 cc, 1973 Porsche 917 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1973 Porsche 917 (520 HP) has 362 more horse power than 1952 Jaguar XK. (158 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1973 Porsche 917 should accelerate faster than 1952 Jaguar XK. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1952 Jaguar XK weights approximately 497 kg more than 1973 Porsche 917.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. 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. Let's talk about torque, 1973 Porsche 917 (610 Nm) has 320 more torque (in Nm) than 1952 Jaguar XK. (290 Nm). This means 1973 Porsche 917 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1952 Jaguar XK.

Compare all specifications:

1952 Jaguar XK 1973 Porsche 917
Make Jaguar Porsche
Model XK 917
Year Released 1952 1973
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 3441 cc 4994 cc
Horse Power 158 HP 520 HP
Torque 290 Nm 610 Nm
Top Speed 201 km/hour 321 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Rear
Vehicle Weight 1295 kg 798 kg


 

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