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1971 Austin 3 vs. 1986 Austin Maestro

To start off, 1986 Austin Maestro is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Austin 3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Austin 3 would be higher. At 2,910 cc (6 cylinders), 1971 Austin 3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1971 Austin 3 (123 HP @ 4500 RPM) has 57 more horse power than 1986 Austin Maestro. (66 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1971 Austin 3 should accelerate faster than 1986 Austin Maestro. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1971 Austin 3 weights approximately 575 kg more than 1986 Austin Maestro. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Austin 3 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 1971 Austin 3. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Austin Maestro, 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, 1971 Austin 3 (218 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 116 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Austin Maestro. (102 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 1971 Austin 3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Austin Maestro.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Austin 3 1986 Austin Maestro
Make Austin Austin
Model 3 Maestro
Year Released 1971 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2910 cc 1274 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 123 HP 66 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 218 Nm 102 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83.4 mm 70.6 mm
Engine Stroke Size 88.9 mm 81.3 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 915 kg
Vehicle Length 4720 mm 4060 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2940 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L 34 L


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