1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II would be higher. At 2,912 cc (6 cylinders), 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II (129 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 14 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II weights approximately 98 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II 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 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, 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, 1975 Lancia Beta (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 9 more torque (in Nm) than 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II. (167 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II.

Compare all specifications:

1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II 1975 Lancia Beta
Make Austin-Healey Lancia
Model 3000 Mk II Beta
Year Released 1962 1975
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2912 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 129 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 167 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83.4 mm 84 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88.9 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 8.9:1
Top Speed 181 km/hour 180 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1158 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 4010 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1540 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2340 mm 2550 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 27 L 51 L


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