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2009 Chevrolet Express vs. 1988 Ford Thunderbird

To start off, 2009 Chevrolet Express is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Ford Thunderbird. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Ford Thunderbird would be higher. At 4,300 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Chevrolet Express is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Chevrolet Express (193 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 55 more horse power than 1988 Ford Thunderbird. (138 HP @ 3800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Chevrolet Express should accelerate faster than 1988 Ford Thunderbird. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Chevrolet Express weights approximately 775 kg more than 1988 Ford Thunderbird. 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, 1988 Ford Thunderbird (291 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 31 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Chevrolet Express. (260 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1988 Ford Thunderbird will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Chevrolet Express.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chevrolet Express 1988 Ford Thunderbird
Make Chevrolet Ford
Model Express Thunderbird
Year Released 2009 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4300 cc 3791 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 193 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 260 Nm 291 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 8 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 2385 kg 1610 kg
Vehicle Length 5700 mm 5050 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 2080 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 3440 mm 2880 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 117 L 45 L


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