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2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser vs. 1971 Chrysler Charger

To start off, 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser is newer by 38 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Chrysler Charger. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Chrysler Charger would be higher. At 5,211 cc (8 cylinders), 1971 Chrysler Charger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1971 Chrysler Charger (227 HP @ 4400 RPM) has 113 more horse power than 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. (114 HP @ 6300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1971 Chrysler Charger should accelerate faster than 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser weights approximately 1 kg more than 1971 Chrysler Charger.

Because 1971 Chrysler Charger 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 1971 Chrysler Charger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 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, 1971 Chrysler Charger (461 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 304 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. (157 Nm @ 4550 RPM). This means 1971 Chrysler Charger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 1971 Chrysler Charger
Make Chrysler Chrysler
Model PT Cruiser Charger
Year Released 2009 1971
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 5211 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 114 HP 227 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 4400 RPM
Torque 157 Nm 461 Nm
Torque RPM 4550 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Bore Size 77 mm 99.3 mm
Engine Stroke Size 85.8 mm 84.1 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1441 kg 1440 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4570 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1890 mm
Vehicle Height 1610 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 2620 mm 2680 mm


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