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1976 Mini MK IV vs. 1969 Volkswagen 181

To start off, 1976 Mini MK IV is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1969 Volkswagen 181. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1969 Volkswagen 181 would be higher. At 1,584 cc (4 cylinders), 1969 Volkswagen 181 is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1969 Volkswagen 181 weights approximately 290 kg more than 1976 Mini MK IV.

Because 1969 Volkswagen 181 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 1969 Volkswagen 181. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1976 Mini MK IV, 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.

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1976 Mini MK IV 1969 Volkswagen 181
Make Mini Volkswagen
Model MK IV 181
Year Released 1976 1969
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 848 cc 1584 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 34 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 610 kg 900 kg
Vehicle Length 3060 mm 3790 mm
Vehicle Width 1420 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1630 mm
Wheelbase Size 2040 mm 2410 mm


 

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