1965 Abarth 700 vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 10 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1965 Abarth 700. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1965 Abarth 700 would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 1975 Lancia Beta is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1975 Lancia Beta (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 52 more horse power than 1965 Abarth 700. (63 HP @ 7600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1965 Abarth 700. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1975 Lancia Beta weights approximately 490 kg more than 1965 Abarth 700. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1965 Abarth 700 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 1965 Abarth 700. 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 107 more torque (in Nm) than 1965 Abarth 700. (69 Nm @ 5800 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1965 Abarth 700.

Compare all specifications:

1965 Abarth 700 1975 Lancia Beta
Make Abarth Lancia
Model 700 Beta
Year Released 1965 1975
Body Type Coupe Hatchback
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 696 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 63 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 7600 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 69 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 5800 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 10.8:1 8.9:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 570 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 3480 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1360 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1110 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2010 mm 2550 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 29 L 51 L


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