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1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia vs. 1997 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 1997 Volkswagen Golf is newer by 35 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia would be higher. At 1,896 cc (4 cylinders), 1997 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Volkswagen Golf (114 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 71 more horse power than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (43 HP @ 4100 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1997 Volkswagen Golf should accelerate faster than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 335 kg more than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 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 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1997 Volkswagen Golf, 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, 1997 Volkswagen Golf (170 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 84 more torque (in Nm) than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (86 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1997 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. 1997 Volkswagen Golf has automatic transmission and 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia has manual transmission. 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1997 Volkswagen Golf will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 1997 Volkswagen Golf
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Karmann-Ghia Golf
Year Released 1962 1997
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1285 cc 1896 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 43 HP 114 HP
Engine RPM 4100 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 86 Nm 170 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 7.3:1 10.5:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 840 kg 1175 kg
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4160 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2430 mm 2470 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L 55 L


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