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2008 Ford Explorer vs. 1980 Isuzu Gemini

To start off, 2008 Ford Explorer is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1980 Isuzu Gemini. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1980 Isuzu Gemini would be higher. At 4,013 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Ford Explorer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Ford Explorer (210 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 131 more horse power than 1980 Isuzu Gemini. (79 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Explorer should accelerate faster than 1980 Isuzu Gemini. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Explorer weights approximately 1137 kg more than 1980 Isuzu Gemini. 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, 2008 Ford Explorer (344 Nm @ 3700 RPM) has 228 more torque (in Nm) than 1980 Isuzu Gemini. (116 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Explorer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1980 Isuzu Gemini.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Ford Explorer 1980 Isuzu Gemini
Make Ford Isuzu
Model Explorer Gemini
Year Released 2008 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4013 cc 1582 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 210 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 5100 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 344 Nm 116 Nm
Torque RPM 3700 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 2077 kg 940 kg
Vehicle Length 5350 mm 4240 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1580 mm
Vehicle Height 1850 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 3320 mm 2410 mm


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