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1961 Austin A 40 vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 41 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1961 Austin A 40. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1961 Austin A 40 would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 224 more horse power than 1961 Austin A 40. (36 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1961 Austin A 40. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 820 kg more than 1961 Austin A 40. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1961 Austin A 40 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 1961 Austin A 40. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 247 more torque (in Nm) than 1961 Austin A 40. (68 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1961 Austin A 40.

Compare all specifications:

1961 Austin A 40 2002 Acura CL
Make Austin Acura
Model A 40 CL
Year Released 1961 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 948 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 36 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 68 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 64.6 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 76.2 mm 86 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 760 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 3670 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1520 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2220 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 65 L


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