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1952 Jaguar XK vs. 1994 Lotus Elan

To start off, 1994 Lotus Elan is newer by 42 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, 1994 Lotus Elan (163 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 5 more horse power than 1952 Jaguar XK. (158 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1994 Lotus Elan should accelerate faster than 1952 Jaguar XK. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1952 Jaguar XK weights approximately 275 kg more than 1994 Lotus Elan.

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, 1994 Lotus Elan, 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. Let's talk about torque, 1952 Jaguar XK (290 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 86 more torque (in Nm) than 1994 Lotus Elan. (204 Nm @ 4200 RPM). This means 1952 Jaguar XK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1994 Lotus Elan.

Compare all specifications:

1952 Jaguar XK 1994 Lotus Elan
Make Jaguar Lotus
Model XK Elan
Year Released 1952 1994
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3441 cc 1588 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 158 HP 163 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 290 Nm 204 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 2 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1295 kg 1020 kg
Vehicle Length 4430 mm 3810 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1240 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2260 mm


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