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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2001 Lotus Elise

To start off, 2001 Lotus Elise is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 1,796 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Lotus Elise is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Lotus Elise (141 HP @ 7000 RPM) has 82 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2001 Lotus Elise should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Ford Escort weights approximately 195 kg more than 2001 Lotus Elise.

Because 2001 Lotus Elise 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 2001 Lotus Elise. 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, 2001 Lotus Elise (179 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 69 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2001 Lotus Elise will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2001 Lotus Elise
Make Ford Lotus
Model Escort Elise
Year Released 1986 2001
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 1751 cc 1796 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 141 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 7000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 179 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 80 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 89.3 mm
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 715 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 3790 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1150 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2310 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 38 L


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