Matt Robinson 4 years ago 79
Euro

10 Images That Show Just How Fat Cars Have Become

Only when you line up modern cars next to their ancestors, do you realise just how obese the automotive sector has become

Remind me later
Porsche 911 old v new Safety regulations, crumple zones and the demand for increased interior space and comfort now mean that cars are bigger than they ever have been. It's not until you see a car next to its ancestor, however, that you realise just how bloated modern carshave become. To illustrate these differences, we've lined up 10 before and after shots of old cars and their modern counterparts, plus details of each car's length, width, height and weight.

BMW 5-Series

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E12

Wheelbase: 2600mm
Length: 4600mm
Width: 1690mm
Height: 1425mm Weight: 1430kg

F10

Wheelbase: 2968mm
Length: 4899mm
Width: 1860mm
Height: 1462mm Weight: 1685kg

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger
First-generation

Wheelbase: 2790mm
Length: 4860mm
Width: 1930mm
Height: 1290 mm Weight: 1360kg

Third-generation

Wheelbase: 2950mm
Length: 5020mm
Width: 1920mm
Height: 1450mm Weight: 1906kg

Fiat 500

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Classic

Wheelbase: 1840mm
Length: 2970mm
Width: 1320mm
Height: 1320mm Weight: 499kg

Modern

Wheelbase: 2300mm
Length: 3546mm
Width: 1627mm
Height: 1488mm Weight: 980kg

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta old v New
Mk1

Wheelbase: 2286mm
Length: 3565mm
Width: 1567mm
Height: 1360mm Weight: 800kg

Mk7

Wheelbase: 2489mm
Length: 4067mm
Width: 1722mm
Height: 1473mm Weight: 1100kg

Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ
X308

Wheelbase: 2800mm
Length: 5000mm
Width: 1800mm
Height: 1300mm Weight: 1800kg

X351

Wheelbase: 3033mm
Length: 5123mm
Width: 1895mm
Height: 1448mm Weight: 1892kg

Mercedes 300SL/SLS

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300SL

Wheelbase: 2400mm
Length: 4520mm
Width: 1790mm
Height: 1300mm Weight: 1093kg

SLS AMG

Wheelbase: 2680mm
Length: 4638mm
Width: 1939mm
Height: 1252mm Weight: 1620kg

Mini

Mini old vs new
Classic Cooper S rally

Wheelbase: 2036mm
Length: 3054mm
Width: 1397mm
Height: 1346mm
Weight: 686kg

Countryman WRC

Wheelbase: 2595mm
Length: 4110mm
Width: Width 1820mm
Height: 1561mm Weight: 1200kg

Porsche 911

Porsche 911 old v new
Classic

Wheelbase: 2211mm
Length: 4290mm
Width: 1700mm
Height: 1300mm Weight: 1050kg

991

Wheelbase: 2451mm
Length: 4491mm
Width: 1806mm
Height: 1293mm Weight: 1395kg

VW Beetle

Old v New VW Beetle
Classic

Wheelbase: 2400mm
Length: 4079mm
Width: 1539mm
Height: 1500mm Weight: 800kg

Modern

Wheelbase: 2537mm
Length: 4278mm
Width: 1808mm
Height: 1486mm Weight: 1300kg

VW Golf GTi

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Mk1

Wheelbase: 2400mm
Length: 3705mm
Width: 1610mm
Height: 1395mm Weight: 800kg

Mk6

Wheelbase: 2578mm
Length: 4213mm
Width: 1779mm
Height: 1469mm Weight: 1370kg