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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2004 Mazda 6

To start off, 2004 Mazda 6 is newer by 25 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 2,966 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Mazda 6 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Mazda 6 (220 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 130 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Mazda 6 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Mazda 6 weights approximately 342 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, 2004 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, 2004 Mazda 6 (260 Nm) has 100 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm). This means 2004 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 2004 Mazda 6
Make Mazda Mazda
Model 121 6
Year Released 1979 2004
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 2966 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 90 HP 220 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 260 Nm
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 80 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1476 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4750 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2680 mm


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