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1972 Ford GT 40 vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 30 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 Ford GT 40. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 Ford GT 40 would be higher. At 4,195 cc (8 cylinders), 1972 Ford GT 40 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1972 Ford GT 40 (350 HP @ 7200 RPM) has 90 more horse power than 2002 Acura CL. (260 HP @ 6900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1972 Ford GT 40 should accelerate faster than 2002 Acura CL. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 620 kg more than 1972 Ford GT 40.

Because 1972 Ford GT 40 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 Ford GT 40. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm) has 230 more torque (in Nm) than 1972 Ford GT 40. (85 Nm). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1972 Ford GT 40. 2002 Acura CL has automatic transmission and 1972 Ford GT 40 has manual transmission. 1972 Ford GT 40 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Acura CL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1972 Ford GT 40 2002 Acura CL
Make Ford Acura
Model GT 40 CL
Year Released 1972 2002
Body Type Coupe Coupe
Engine Position Middle Front
Engine Size 4195 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 350 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 7200 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 85 Nm 315 Nm
Engine Bore Size 95.6 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72.9 mm 86 mm
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 960 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 980 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2420 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 125 L 65 L


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