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1969 Lotus Elan vs. 2009 Tata Indica

To start off, 2009 Tata Indica is newer by 40 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1969 Lotus Elan. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1969 Lotus Elan would be higher. At 1,558 cc (4 cylinders), 1969 Lotus Elan is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1969 Lotus Elan (118 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 44 more horse power than 2009 Tata Indica. (74 HP @ 4500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1969 Lotus Elan should accelerate faster than 2009 Tata Indica. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Tata Indica weights approximately 116 kg more than 1969 Lotus Elan.

Because 1969 Lotus Elan 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 1969 Lotus Elan. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Tata Indica, 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, 1969 Lotus Elan (146 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 31 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Tata Indica. (115 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1969 Lotus Elan will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Tata Indica.

Compare all specifications:

1969 Lotus Elan 2009 Tata Indica
Make Lotus Tata
Model Elan Indica
Year Released 1969 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1558 cc 1405 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 118 HP 74 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 4500 RPM
Torque 146 Nm 115 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.6 mm 75.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72.8 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.5:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 889 kg 1005 kg
Vehicle Length 4300 mm 3680 mm
Vehicle Width 1680 mm 1490 mm
Vehicle Height 1200 mm 1670 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2410 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 37 L


 

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