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1999 Volvo S80 vs. 1973 Volvo 145

To start off, 1999 Volvo S80 is newer by 26 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Volvo 145. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Volvo 145 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 36 more horse power than 1973 Volvo 145. (102 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1999 Volvo S80 should accelerate faster than 1973 Volvo 145. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1999 Volvo S80 weights approximately 200 kg more than 1973 Volvo 145. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1973 Volvo 145 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 Volvo 145. 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 68 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Volvo 145. (152 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1999 Volvo S80 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Volvo 145.

Compare all specifications:

1999 Volvo S80 1973 Volvo 145
Make Volvo Volvo
Model S80 145
Year Released 1999 1973
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2435 cc 1778 cc
Engine Cylinders 5 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 138 HP 102 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 220 Nm 152 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1490 kg 1290 kg
Vehicle Length 4830 mm 4660 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2620 mm


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