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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1974 Maserati Indy

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Maserati Indy. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Maserati Indy would be higher. At 4,930 cc (8 cylinders), 1974 Maserati Indy is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1974 Maserati Indy (331 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 272 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1974 Maserati Indy should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Maserati Indy weights approximately 644 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 1974 Maserati Indy 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 1974 Maserati Indy. 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.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1974 Maserati Indy
Make Ford Maserati
Model Escort Indy
Year Released 1986 1974
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 1751 cc 4930 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 331 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5500 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1554 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4750 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1230 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2610 mm


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