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2009 Chevrolet Nubira vs. 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit

To start off, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit would be higher. At 1,715 cc (4 cylinders), 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira (108 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 36 more horse power than 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. (72 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira should accelerate faster than 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Chevrolet Nubira weights approximately 468 kg more than 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear 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, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira (150 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 28 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. (122 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 Chevrolet Nubira will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chevrolet Nubira 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit
Make Chevrolet Volkswagen
Model Nubira Rabbit
Year Released 2009 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1598 cc 1715 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 108 HP 72 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 150 Nm 122 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 79 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 81.5 mm 86.4 mm
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1313 kg 845 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 3950 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1620 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2410 mm


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