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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 2008 Nissan Altima

To start off, 2008 Nissan Altima is newer by 53 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Austin A 55. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Austin A 55 would be higher. At 2,491 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Nissan Altima is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Nissan Altima (175 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 124 more horse power than 1955 Austin A 55. (51 HP @ 4250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Nissan Altima should accelerate faster than 1955 Austin A 55. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Nissan Altima weights approximately 81 kg more than 1955 Austin A 55. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1955 Austin A 55 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 1955 Austin A 55. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Nissan Altima, 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, 2008 Nissan Altima (244 Nm @ 3900 RPM) has 134 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Austin A 55. (110 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2008 Nissan Altima will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Austin A 55.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 2008 Nissan Altima
Make Austin Nissan
Model A 55 Altima
Year Released 1955 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 2491 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 51 HP 175 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 244 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3900 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 1136 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4830 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2780 mm


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