1970 Ford Cortina vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1970 Ford Cortina. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Ford Cortina 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 27 more horse power than 1970 Ford Cortina. (88 HP @ 5700 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1970 Ford Cortina. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1975 Lancia Beta weights approximately 70 kg more than 1970 Ford Cortina. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1970 Ford Cortina 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 1970 Ford Cortina. 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 51 more torque (in Nm) than 1970 Ford Cortina. (125 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1970 Ford Cortina.

Compare all specifications:

1970 Ford Cortina 1975 Lancia Beta
Make Ford Lancia
Model Cortina Beta
Year Released 1970 1975
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1593 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 88 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 5700 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 125 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 87.8 mm 84 mm
Engine Stroke Size 66 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.2:1 8.9:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 990 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 4270 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2550 mm


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