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1971 Volkswagen K 70 vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 41 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Volkswagen K 70. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Volkswagen K 70 would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 108 more horse power than 1971 Volkswagen K 70. (74 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 1971 Volkswagen K 70. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 690 kg more than 1971 Volkswagen K 70. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 110 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Volkswagen K 70. (123 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Volkswagen K 70. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 1971 Volkswagen K 70 has manual transmission. 1971 Volkswagen K 70 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Volkswagen K 70 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Volkswagen Buick
Model K 70 LaCrosse
Year Released 1971 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1604 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 74 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 123 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1050 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4430 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2700 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 59 L


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