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1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia vs. 2005 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 2005 Volkswagen Golf is newer by 43 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 1,390 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Volkswagen Golf (74 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 31 more horse power than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (43 HP @ 4100 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Volkswagen Golf should accelerate faster than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 420 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, 2005 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, 2005 Volkswagen Golf (126 Nm @ 3300 RPM) has 40 more torque (in Nm) than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (86 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

Compare all specifications:

1962 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 2005 Volkswagen Golf
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Karmann-Ghia Golf
Year Released 1962 2005
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1285 cc 1390 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 43 HP 74 HP
Engine RPM 4100 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 86 Nm 126 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3300 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 7.3:1 10.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 840 kg 1260 kg
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4210 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2430 mm 2480 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L 55 L


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