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2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2009 Panoz Esperante

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2009 Panoz Esperante. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2009 Panoz Esperante would be higher. At 4,589 cc (8 cylinders), 2009 Panoz Esperante is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Panoz Esperante (305 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 123 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Panoz Esperante should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Because 2009 Panoz Esperante 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 2009 Panoz Esperante. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, 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 Panoz Esperante (434 Nm @ 4200 RPM) has 201 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2009 Panoz Esperante will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2009 Panoz Esperante has manual transmission. 2009 Panoz Esperante will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2012 Buick LaCrosse 2009 Panoz Esperante
Make Buick Panoz
Model LaCrosse Esperante
Year Released 2012 2009
Body Type Sedan Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2400 cc 4589 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 182 HP 305 HP
Engine RPM 6700 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 434 Nm
Torque RPM 4900 RPM 4200 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type 6-speed shiftable automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Length 5001 mm 4480 mm
Vehicle Width 1857 mm 1870 mm
Vehicle Height 1504 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2837 mm 2700 mm
Fuel Consumption 6.5 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 9.4 L/100km 13.8 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 59 L


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