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2009 Chevrolet Nubira vs. 1968 Sunbeam Rapier

To start off, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira is newer by 41 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Sunbeam Rapier would be higher. At 1,725 cc (4 cylinders), 1968 Sunbeam Rapier is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira (108 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 29 more horse power than 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. (79 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira should accelerate faster than 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Chevrolet Nubira weights approximately 283 kg more than 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1968 Sunbeam Rapier 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 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira, 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 Chevrolet Nubira (150 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 24 more torque (in Nm) than 1968 Sunbeam Rapier. (126 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2009 Chevrolet Nubira will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1968 Sunbeam Rapier.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chevrolet Nubira 1968 Sunbeam Rapier
Make Chevrolet Sunbeam
Model Nubira Rapier
Year Released 2009 1968
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1598 cc 1725 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 108 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 150 Nm 126 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 79 mm 81.6 mm
Engine Stroke Size 81.5 mm 82.7 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.2:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1313 kg 1030 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 4440 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1670 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2510 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 68 L


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