2005 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. 1976 Mitsubishi Minica

To start off, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Mitsubishi Minica would be higher. At 1,299 cc (4 cylinders), 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer (81 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 52 more horse power than 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. (29 HP @ 6500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer should accelerate faster than 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer weights approximately 670 kg more than 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1976 Mitsubishi Minica 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 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, 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, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer (120 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 83 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Mitsubishi Minica. (37 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Mitsubishi Minica.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer 1976 Mitsubishi Minica
Make Mitsubishi Mitsubishi
Model Lancer Minica
Year Released 2005 1976
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1299 cc 471 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 2 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 81 HP 29 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 120 Nm 37 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1200 kg 530 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 3000 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1300 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1320 mm
Wheelbase Size 2700 mm 2010 mm


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