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1976 Ford Taunus vs. 1988 Holden Barina

To start off, 1988 Holden Barina is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Ford Taunus. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Ford Taunus would be higher. At 1,993 cc (6 cylinders), 1976 Ford Taunus is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1976 Ford Taunus (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 22 more horse power than 1988 Holden Barina. (67 HP @ 5300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1976 Ford Taunus should accelerate faster than 1988 Holden Barina. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Ford Taunus weights approximately 385 kg more than 1988 Holden Barina. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1976 Ford Taunus 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 Ford Taunus. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1988 Holden Barina, 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 Ford Taunus (149 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 45 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Holden Barina. (104 Nm @ 3700 RPM). This means 1976 Ford Taunus will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Holden Barina. 1988 Holden Barina has automatic transmission and 1976 Ford Taunus has manual transmission. 1976 Ford Taunus will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1988 Holden Barina will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Ford Taunus 1988 Holden Barina
Make Ford Holden
Model Taunus Barina
Year Released 1976 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1993 cc 1324 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 67 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5300 RPM
Torque 149 Nm 104 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1115 kg 730 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 3780 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1550 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2250 mm


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