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2004 Opel Signum vs. 1982 Opel Ascona

To start off, 2004 Opel Signum is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1982 Opel Ascona. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1982 Opel Ascona would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Opel Signum is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Opel Signum (173 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 98 more horse power than 1982 Opel Ascona. (75 HP @ 5800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Opel Signum should accelerate faster than 1982 Opel Ascona. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Opel Signum weights approximately 610 kg more than 1982 Opel Ascona. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 2004 Opel Signum (265 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 164 more torque (in Nm) than 1982 Opel Ascona. (101 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2004 Opel Signum will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1982 Opel Ascona. 1982 Opel Ascona has automatic transmission and 2004 Opel Signum has manual transmission. 2004 Opel Signum will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1982 Opel Ascona will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Opel Signum 1982 Opel Ascona
Make Opel Opel
Model Signum Ascona
Year Released 2004 1982
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1295 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 173 HP 75 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 265 Nm 101 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 86 mm 75 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86 mm 73.4 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.2:1
Top Speed 220 km/hour 155 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1560 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 4370 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1670 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2840 mm 2580 mm


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