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1999 Volvo S80 vs. 1974 Volvo 140

To start off, 1999 Volvo S80 is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Volvo 140. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Volvo 140 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 57 more horse power than 1974 Volvo 140. (81 HP @ 4700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1999 Volvo S80 should accelerate faster than 1974 Volvo 140.

Because 1974 Volvo 140 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 Volvo 140. 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 63 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Volvo 140. (157 Nm @ 2300 RPM). This means 1999 Volvo S80 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Volvo 140.

Compare all specifications:

1999 Volvo S80 1974 Volvo 140
Make Volvo Volvo
Model S80 140
Year Released 1999 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2435 cc 1986 cc
Engine Cylinders 5 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 138 HP 81 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 4700 RPM
Torque 220 Nm 157 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 2300 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 Width 1840 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2620 mm


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