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1976 Ford Taunus vs. 2008 Ford Focus

To start off, 2008 Ford Focus is newer by 32 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, 2008 Ford Focus (113 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 24 more horse power than 1976 Ford Taunus. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Focus should accelerate faster than 1976 Ford Taunus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Focus weights approximately 127 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.

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, 2008 Ford Focus, 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, 2008 Ford Focus (160 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 11 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Ford Taunus. (149 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Focus will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Ford Taunus.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Ford Taunus 2008 Ford Focus
Make Ford Ford
Model Taunus Focus
Year Released 1976 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1993 cc 1796 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 113 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 149 Nm 160 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1115 kg 1242 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1540 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2620 mm


 

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