1972 AMC Matador vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 AMC Matador. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 AMC Matador would be higher. At 6,571 cc (8 cylinders), 1972 AMC Matador is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1972 AMC Matador (255 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 140 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1972 AMC Matador should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1972 AMC Matador weights approximately 570 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1972 AMC Matador 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 1972 AMC Matador. 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, 1972 AMC Matador (469 Nm @ 3300 RPM) has 293 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1972 AMC Matador will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 1972 AMC Matador has automatic transmission and 1975 Lancia Beta has manual transmission. 1975 Lancia Beta will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1972 AMC Matador will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1972 AMC Matador 1975 Lancia Beta
Make AMC Lancia
Model Matador Beta
Year Released 1972 1975
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 6571 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 255 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 469 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 3300 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 105.6 mm 84 mm
Engine Stroke Size 93.4 mm 90 mm
Top Speed 186 km/hour 180 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1630 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 5240 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1970 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 3000 mm 2550 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 74 L 51 L


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