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1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia vs. 2012 BMW 525

To start off, 2012 BMW 525 is newer by 57 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 BMW 525 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 BMW 525 (217 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 168 more horse power than 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (49 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 BMW 525 should accelerate faster than 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

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, 2012 BMW 525 (450 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 342 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (108 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2012 BMW 525 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. 2012 BMW 525 has automatic transmission and 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia has manual transmission. 1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 BMW 525 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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1955 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 2012 BMW 525
Make Volkswagen BMW
Model Karmann-Ghia 525
Year Released 1955 2012
Body Type Coupe Station Wagon
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1584 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 49 HP 217 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 4400 RPM
Torque 108 Nm 450 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 85.5 mm 90 mm
Engine Stroke Size 69 mm 84 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual 8-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4907 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1462 mm
Wheelbase Size 2430 mm 2968 mm


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