What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Small Cars Compared, 1975.

Some interesting info for the facts and figures enthusiasts, scanned from the May, 1975 issue of Road & Track.


13" wheels had become the standard by then, and the Beetle’s tall 15" wheels were considered old fashioned. Two of the front wheel drive cars out handled all of the rear wheel drive competition, and the Volkswagen Rabbit was the fastest in the group with a 0 to 60 time of 12.7 seconds. The beetle on the other hand was slowest, taking 18.1 seconds. For comparison though, anything that could break the 10 second barrier on its way to 60 in 1975 was considered ridiculously fast! The new Triumph TR7 only managed it 11.3 seconds, so the Rabbit’s acceleration seemed impressive for the time.

A number of cars still came from the factory with bias ply tires - and - check out those final drive ratios.

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