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1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia vs. 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

To start off, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is newer by 42 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia would be higher. At 1,984 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle (113 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 75 more horse power than 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (38 HP @ 3900 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle should accelerate faster than 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle weights approximately 579 kg more than 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1966 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 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle, 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, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle (172 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 83 more torque (in Nm) than 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. (89 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

Compare all specifications:

1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Karmann-Ghia New Beetle
Year Released 1966 2008
Body Type Convertible Convertible
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1285 cc 1984 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 38 HP 113 HP
Engine RPM 3900 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 89 Nm 172 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3200 RPM
Engine Bore Size 77 mm 82.6 mm
Engine Stroke Size 69 mm 92.8 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 7.3:1 10.3:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 820 kg 1399 kg
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4220 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2430 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 6.5 L/100km 8.8 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L 55 L


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