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1981 Jaguar XJS vs. 1957 Porsche 356

To start off, 1981 Jaguar XJS is newer by 24 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1957 Porsche 356. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1957 Porsche 356 would be higher. At 5,344 cc (12 cylinders), 1981 Jaguar XJS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1981 Jaguar XJS (299 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 240 more horse power than 1957 Porsche 356. (59 HP @ 4500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1981 Jaguar XJS should accelerate faster than 1957 Porsche 356. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1981 Jaguar XJS weights approximately 917 kg more than 1957 Porsche 356. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. 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. 1981 Jaguar XJS has automatic transmission and 1957 Porsche 356 has manual transmission. 1957 Porsche 356 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1981 Jaguar XJS will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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1981 Jaguar XJS 1957 Porsche 356
Make Jaguar Porsche
Model XJS 356
Year Released 1981 1957
Body Type Coupe Roadster
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 5344 cc 1581 cc
Engine Cylinders 12 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V boxer
Horse Power 299 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4500 RPM
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1707 kg 790 kg
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 3960 mm
Vehicle Width 1780 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1270 mm 1230 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2110 mm


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