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1952 Jaguar XK vs. 1989 Jaguar XJS

To start off, 1989 Jaguar XJS is newer by 37 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 5,343 cc (12 cylinders), 1989 Jaguar XJS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Jaguar XJS (291 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 133 more horse power than 1952 Jaguar XK. (158 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1989 Jaguar XJS should accelerate faster than 1952 Jaguar XK. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1989 Jaguar XJS weights approximately 635 kg more than 1952 Jaguar XK. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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, 1989 Jaguar XJS (440 Nm @ 3250 RPM) has 150 more torque (in Nm) than 1952 Jaguar XK. (290 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1989 Jaguar XJS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1952 Jaguar XK.

Compare all specifications:

1952 Jaguar XK 1989 Jaguar XJS
Make Jaguar Jaguar
Model XK XJS
Year Released 1952 1989
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3441 cc 5343 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 158 HP 291 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 290 Nm 440 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 2 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1295 kg 1930 kg
Vehicle Length 4430 mm 4770 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1260 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2600 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 82 L


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