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1986 Ford Escort vs. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

To start off, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is newer by 26 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 7,000 cc (8 cylinders), 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette (505 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 446 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette weights approximately 530 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 2012 Chevrolet Corvette 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 2012 Chevrolet Corvette. 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, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette (637 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 527 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2012 Chevrolet Corvette will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Make Ford Chevrolet
Model Escort Corvette
Year Released 1986 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 7000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 505 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 637 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 4800 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Top Speed 151 km/hour 319 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1440 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1928 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1237 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2685 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 68 L


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