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2009 Cadillac DTS vs. 1976 Ford Taunus

To start off, 2009 Cadillac DTS is newer by 33 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Ford Taunus. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Ford Taunus would be higher. At 4,565 cc (8 cylinders), 2009 Cadillac DTS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Cadillac DTS (292 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 203 more horse power than 1976 Ford Taunus. (89 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Cadillac DTS should accelerate faster than 1976 Ford Taunus. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Cadillac DTS weights approximately 520 kg more than 1976 Ford Taunus. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1976 Ford Taunus 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 1976 Ford Taunus. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Cadillac DTS, 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, 2009 Cadillac DTS (391 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 242 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Ford Taunus. (149 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 Cadillac DTS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Ford Taunus. 2009 Cadillac DTS has automatic transmission and 1976 Ford Taunus has manual transmission. 1976 Ford Taunus will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Cadillac DTS will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Cadillac DTS 1976 Ford Taunus
Make Cadillac Ford
Model DTS Taunus
Year Released 2009 1976
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4565 cc 1993 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 292 HP 89 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 391 Nm 149 Nm
Torque RPM 4500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1635 kg 1115 kg
Vehicle Length 5280 mm 4450 mm
Vehicle Width 1910 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2940 mm 2590 mm


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