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1976 Bristol 412 vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 26 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Bristol 412. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Bristol 412 would be higher. At 6,555 cc (8 cylinders), 1976 Bristol 412 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) has 52 more horse power than 1976 Bristol 412. (208 HP @ 4400 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1976 Bristol 412. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Bristol 412 weights approximately 130 kg more than 2002 Acura CL.

Because 1976 Bristol 412 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 1976 Bristol 412. 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, 1976 Bristol 412 (422 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 107 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Acura CL. (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 1976 Bristol 412 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Acura CL.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Bristol 412 2002 Acura CL
Make Bristol Acura
Model 412 CL
Year Released 1976 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 6555 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 208 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 6900 RPM
Torque 422 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 2400 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1710 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4950 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2910 mm 2580 mm


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