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2006 Opel Astra vs. 1980 Opel Rekord

To start off, 2006 Opel Astra is newer by 26 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1980 Opel Rekord. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1980 Opel Rekord would be higher. At 1,689 cc (4 cylinders), 1980 Opel Rekord is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Opel Astra weights approximately 130 kg more than 1980 Opel Rekord.

Because 1980 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 1980 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.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Opel Astra 1980 Opel Rekord
Make Opel Opel
Model Astra Rekord
Year Released 2006 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1364 cc 1689 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 89 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1230 kg 1100 kg
Vehicle Length 4260 mm 4630 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2620 mm 2680 mm


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