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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2003 Mazda 6

To start off, 2003 Mazda 6 is newer by 24 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Mazda 121. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Mazda 121 would be higher. At 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 2003 Mazda 6 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Mazda 6 (144 HP @ 3500 RPM) has 54 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Mazda 6 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Mazda 6 weights approximately 351 kg more than 1979 Mazda 121. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 Mazda 121 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 1979 Mazda 121. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Mazda 6, 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, 2003 Mazda 6 (310 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 150 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2003 Mazda 6 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2003 Mazda 6
Make Mazda Mazda
Model 121 6
Year Released 1979 2003
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 144 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 3500 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 310 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 86 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 86 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 18.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1485 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4680 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2680 mm


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