2005 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair

To start off, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair would be higher. At 2,555 cc (4 cylinders), 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair (111 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 30 more horse power than 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. (81 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair should accelerate faster than 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair weights approximately 190 kg more than 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair 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 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair. 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, 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair (206 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 86 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. (120 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair has automatic transmission and 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer has manual transmission. 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer 1982 Mitsubishi Debonair
Make Mitsubishi Mitsubishi
Model Lancer Debonair
Year Released 2005 1982
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1299 cc 2555 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 81 HP 111 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 120 Nm 206 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1200 kg 1390 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4680 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2700 mm 2700 mm


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