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1963 Opel Rekord vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 49 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1963 Opel Rekord. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1963 Opel Rekord would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 129 more horse power than 1963 Opel Rekord. (53 HP @ 4500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1963 Opel Rekord. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 770 kg more than 1963 Opel Rekord. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1963 Opel Rekord 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 1963 Opel Rekord. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, 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, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 125 more torque (in Nm) than 1963 Opel Rekord. (108 Nm @ 2600 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1963 Opel Rekord.

Compare all specifications:

1963 Opel Rekord 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Opel Buick
Model Rekord LaCrosse
Year Released 1963 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1487 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 53 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 108 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 2600 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 970 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4520 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2650 mm 2837 mm


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