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2008 BMW X5 vs. 1979 Mazda 121

To start off, 2008 BMW X5 is newer by 29 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 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 BMW X5 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 BMW X5 (260 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 170 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 BMW X5 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 BMW X5 weights approximately 416 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.

Because 2008 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1979 Mazda 121. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. 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, 2008 BMW X5 (305 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 145 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Mazda 121. (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 BMW X5 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Mazda 121.

Compare all specifications:

2008 BMW X5 1979 Mazda 121
Make BMW Mazda
Model X5 121
Year Released 2008 1979
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2996 cc 1970 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 260 HP 90 HP
Engine RPM 6600 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 305 Nm 160 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1550 kg 1134 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1940 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1770 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2940 mm 2520 mm


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