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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1971 Reliant Scimitar

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Reliant Scimitar. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Reliant Scimitar would be higher. At 2,992 cc (6 cylinders), 1971 Reliant Scimitar is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1971 Reliant Scimitar (123 HP @ 4750 RPM) has 64 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1971 Reliant Scimitar should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1971 Reliant Scimitar weights approximately 280 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Reliant Scimitar 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 1971 Reliant Scimitar. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 1971 Reliant Scimitar (266 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 156 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1971 Reliant Scimitar will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1971 Reliant Scimitar
Make Ford Reliant
Model Escort Scimitar
Year Released 1986 1971
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 2992 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 123 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4750 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 266 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1190 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4350 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2540 mm


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