2001 Opel Zafira vs. 1981 Opel Ascona

To start off, 2001 Opel Zafira is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Opel Ascona. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Opel Ascona would be higher. At 1,994 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Opel Zafira is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Opel Zafira (98 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 17 more horse power than 1981 Opel Ascona. (81 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2001 Opel Zafira should accelerate faster than 1981 Opel Ascona. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Opel Zafira weights approximately 471 kg more than 1981 Opel Ascona. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Let's talk about torque, 2001 Opel Zafira (220 Nm @ 1500 RPM) has 86 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Opel Ascona. (134 Nm @ 2600 RPM). This means 2001 Opel Zafira will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Opel Ascona.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Opel Zafira 1981 Opel Ascona
Make Opel Opel
Model Zafira Ascona
Year Released 2001 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1994 cc 1598 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 98 HP 81 HP
Engine RPM 4400 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 220 Nm 134 Nm
Torque RPM 1500 RPM 2600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 18.5:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Vehicle Weight 1485 kg 1014 kg
Vehicle Length 4320 mm 4380 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1690 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2700 mm 2580 mm


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