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1999 Volvo S80 vs. 1971 Volvo P 1800

To start off, 1999 Volvo S80 is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Volvo P 1800. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Volvo P 1800 would be higher. At 2,435 cc (5 cylinders), 1999 Volvo S80 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1999 Volvo S80 (138 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 22 more horse power than 1971 Volvo P 1800. (116 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1999 Volvo S80 should accelerate faster than 1971 Volvo P 1800. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1999 Volvo S80 weights approximately 370 kg more than 1971 Volvo P 1800. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Volvo P 1800 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 Volvo P 1800. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1999 Volvo S80, 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, 1999 Volvo S80 (220 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 44 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Volvo P 1800. (176 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 1999 Volvo S80 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Volvo P 1800.

Compare all specifications:

1999 Volvo S80 1971 Volvo P 1800
Make Volvo Volvo
Model S80 P 1800
Year Released 1999 1971
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2435 cc 1986 cc
Engine Cylinders 5 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 138 HP 116 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 220 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83 mm 88.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 80 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1120 kg
Vehicle Length 4830 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1290 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2460 mm


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