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1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2010 Audi A5

To start off, 2010 Audi A5 is newer by 31 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 3,197 cc (6 cylinders), 2010 Audi A5 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2010 Audi A5 (261 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 171 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2010 Audi A5 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2010 Audi A5 weights approximately 626 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, 2010 Audi A5, 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, 2010 Audi A5 (330 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 170 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2010 Audi A5 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2010 Audi A5
Make Mazda Audi
Model 121 A5
Year Released 1979 2010
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 3197 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 90 HP 261 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 330 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 1760 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4623 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1852 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1382 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2751 mm


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