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2006 Opel Astra vs. 1968 Opel Rekord

To start off, 2006 Opel Astra is newer by 38 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Opel Rekord. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Opel Rekord would be higher. At 1,490 cc (4 cylinders), 1968 Opel Rekord is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Opel Astra (89 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 30 more horse power than 1968 Opel Rekord. (59 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 Opel Astra should accelerate faster than 1968 Opel Rekord. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Opel Astra weights approximately 205 kg more than 1968 Opel Rekord. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1968 Opel Rekord 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 1968 Opel Rekord. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2006 Opel Astra, 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, 2006 Opel Astra (125 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 20 more torque (in Nm) than 1968 Opel Rekord. (105 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2006 Opel Astra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1968 Opel Rekord.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Opel Astra 1968 Opel Rekord
Make Opel Opel
Model Astra Rekord
Year Released 2006 1968
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1364 cc 1490 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 89 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 125 Nm 105 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 9.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1230 kg 1025 kg
Vehicle Length 4260 mm 4560 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2620 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 6.3 L/100km 7.5 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 52 L 70 L


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