1970 Holden Torana vs. 1973 Volkswagen Passat

To start off, 1973 Volkswagen Passat is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1970 Holden Torana. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Holden Torana would be higher. At 2,261 cc (4 cylinders), 1970 Holden Torana is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1970 Holden Torana (95 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 46 more horse power than 1973 Volkswagen Passat. (49 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1970 Holden Torana should accelerate faster than 1973 Volkswagen Passat. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1970 Holden Torana weights approximately 35 kg more than 1973 Volkswagen Passat. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1970 Holden Torana 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 Holden Torana. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1973 Volkswagen Passat, 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, 1970 Holden Torana (163 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 81 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Volkswagen Passat. (82 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1970 Holden Torana will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Volkswagen Passat.

Compare all specifications:

1970 Holden Torana 1973 Volkswagen Passat
Make Holden Volkswagen
Model Torana Passat
Year Released 1970 1973
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2261 cc 1471 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 95 HP 49 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 163 Nm 82 Nm
Torque RPM 1600 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 915 kg
Vehicle Length 4380 mm 4200 mm
Vehicle Width 1610 mm 1630 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2480 mm