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1985 Dodge Conquest vs. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

To start off, 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1985 Dodge Conquest. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1985 Dodge Conquest would be higher. At 2,555 cc (4 cylinders), 1985 Dodge Conquest is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2013 Volkswagen Beetle (168 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 25 more horse power than 1985 Dodge Conquest. (143 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2013 Volkswagen Beetle should accelerate faster than 1985 Dodge Conquest. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle weights approximately 53 kg more than 1985 Dodge Conquest. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1985 Dodge Conquest 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 1985 Dodge Conquest. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, 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, 1985 Dodge Conquest (251 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 11 more torque (in Nm) than 2013 Volkswagen Beetle. (240 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1985 Dodge Conquest will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2013 Volkswagen Beetle.

Compare all specifications:

1985 Dodge Conquest 2013 Volkswagen Beetle
Make Dodge Volkswagen
Model Conquest Beetle
Year Released 1985 2013
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2555 cc 2500 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 143 HP 168 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 251 Nm 240 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 5-speed manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1280 kg 1333 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4278 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1808 mm
Vehicle Height 1320 mm 1486 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2537 mm


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