1977 Cadillac Seville vs. 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit

To start off, 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1977 Cadillac Seville. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1977 Cadillac Seville would be higher. At 5,735 cc (8 cylinders), 1977 Cadillac Seville is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1977 Cadillac Seville (178 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 116 more horse power than 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. (62 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1977 Cadillac Seville should accelerate faster than 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1977 Cadillac Seville weights approximately 1090 kg more than 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1977 Cadillac Seville 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 1977 Cadillac Seville. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit, 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, 1977 Cadillac Seville (372 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 268 more torque (in Nm) than 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. (104 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1977 Cadillac Seville will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit.

Compare all specifications:

1977 Cadillac Seville 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit
Make Cadillac Volkswagen
Model Seville Rabbit
Year Released 1977 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5735 cc 1457 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 178 HP 62 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 372 Nm 104 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 810 kg
Vehicle Length 5190 mm 3950 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1620 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2910 mm 2410 mm


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