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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1973 Opel Manta

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Opel Manta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Opel Manta would be higher. At 1,751 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, both vehicles can yield 59 horse power. So under normal driving conditions, the acceleration of both vehicles should be relatively similar. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1973 Opel Manta weights approximately 20 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort.

Because 1973 Opel Manta 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 1973 Opel Manta. 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, 1986 Ford Escort (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 20 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Opel Manta. (90 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1986 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Opel Manta.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1973 Opel Manta
Make Ford Opel
Model Escort Manta
Year Released 1986 1973
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1196 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 90 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 79.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 61 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 930 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4300 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2440 mm


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