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1976 Ford Taunus vs. 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata

To start off, 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata is newer by 30 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, 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata (125 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 36 more horse power than 1976 Ford Taunus. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata should accelerate faster than 1976 Ford Taunus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata weights approximately 40 kg more than 1976 Ford Taunus. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front 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, 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata (167 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 18 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Ford Taunus. (149 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Ford Taunus.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Ford Taunus 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Make Ford Mazda
Model Taunus MX-5 Miata
Year Released 1976 2006
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1993 cc 1798 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 125 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 149 Nm 167 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Vehicle Weight 1115 kg 1155 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 4000 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1250 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2340 mm


 

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