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1964 Fiat 500 vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1964 Fiat 500. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1964 Fiat 500 would be higher. At 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1986 Ford Escort (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 37 more horse power than 1964 Fiat 500. (22 HP @ 4400 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort should accelerate faster than 1964 Fiat 500. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Ford Escort weights approximately 364 kg more than 1964 Fiat 500. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1964 Fiat 500 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 1964 Fiat 500. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 1986 Ford Escort (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 74 more torque (in Nm) than 1964 Fiat 500. (36 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1986 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1964 Fiat 500.

Compare all specifications:

1964 Fiat 500 1986 Ford Escort
Make Fiat Ford
Model 500 Escort
Year Released 1964 1986
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 499 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 2 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 22 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 36 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 8.3:1 21.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 546 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 3190 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1330 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 1950 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 38 L 45 L


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