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1978 Chrysler 160 vs. 1984 Chrysler Laser

To start off, 1984 Chrysler Laser is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Chrysler 160. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Chrysler 160 would be higher. At 2,213 cc (4 cylinders), 1984 Chrysler Laser is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1984 Chrysler Laser (96 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 7 more horse power than 1978 Chrysler 160. (89 HP @ 5800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1984 Chrysler Laser should accelerate faster than 1978 Chrysler 160. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1984 Chrysler Laser weights approximately 55 kg more than 1978 Chrysler 160. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1978 Chrysler 160 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 1978 Chrysler 160. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1984 Chrysler Laser, 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, 1984 Chrysler Laser (162 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 29 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Chrysler 160. (133 Nm @ 3400 RPM). This means 1984 Chrysler Laser will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Chrysler 160.

Compare all specifications:

1978 Chrysler 160 1984 Chrysler Laser
Make Chrysler Chrysler
Model 160 Laser
Year Released 1978 1984
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1639 cc 2213 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 96 HP
Engine RPM 5800 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 133 Nm 162 Nm
Torque RPM 3400 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 1085 kg 1140 kg
Vehicle Length 4540 mm 4450 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2470 mm


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