1971 Dodge Challenger vs. 1998 Dodge Caravan

To start off, 1998 Dodge Caravan is newer by 27 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Dodge Challenger. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Dodge Challenger would be higher. At 3,685 cc (6 cylinders), 1971 Dodge Challenger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Dodge Caravan (131 HP @ 5900 RPM) has 8 more horse power than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (123 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Dodge Caravan should accelerate faster than 1971 Dodge Challenger. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Dodge Caravan weights approximately 330 kg more than 1971 Dodge Challenger. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Dodge Challenger 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 Dodge Challenger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1998 Dodge Caravan, 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 Dodge Challenger (233 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 59 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Dodge Caravan. (174 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 1971 Dodge Challenger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Dodge Caravan.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Dodge Challenger 1998 Dodge Caravan
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Challenger Caravan
Year Released 1971 1998
Body Type Convertible Minivan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3685 cc 1994 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 123 HP 131 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5900 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 174 Nm
Torque RPM 2400 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 7 seats
Vehicle Weight 1470 kg 1800 kg
Vehicle Length 4870 mm 4740 mm
Vehicle Width 1940 mm 1960 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1790 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2880 mm


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