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2006 Lexus IS vs. 1979 Mazda 121

To start off, 2006 Lexus IS is newer by 27 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Mazda 121. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Mazda 121 would be higher. At 1,988 cc (6 cylinders), 2006 Lexus IS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Lexus IS (153 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 63 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 Lexus IS should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Lexus IS weights approximately 371 kg more than 1979 Mazda 121. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front 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, 2006 Lexus IS (195 Nm @ 4600 RPM) has 35 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2006 Lexus IS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Lexus IS 1979 Mazda 121
Make Lexus Mazda
Model IS 121
Year Released 2006 1979
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1988 cc 1970 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 153 HP 90 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 195 Nm 160 Nm
Torque RPM 4600 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 75.1 mm 80 mm
Engine Stroke Size 75 mm 98 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 8.6:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1505 kg 1134 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2520 mm


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