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1957 Porsche 356 vs. 2008 Alfa Romeo 156

To start off, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 is newer by 51 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1957 Porsche 356. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1957 Porsche 356 would be higher. At 1,970 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 (148 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 89 more horse power than 1957 Porsche 356. (59 HP @ 4500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 should accelerate faster than 1957 Porsche 356. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 weights approximately 495 kg more than 1957 Porsche 356. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1957 Porsche 356 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 1957 Porsche 356. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156, 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.

Compare all specifications:

1957 Porsche 356 2008 Alfa Romeo 156
Make Porsche Alfa Romeo
Model 356 156
Year Released 1957 2008
Body Type Roadster Sedan
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1581 cc 1970 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type boxer in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 59 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 6300 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 74 mm 91 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 790 kg 1285 kg
Vehicle Length 3960 mm 4440 mm
Vehicle Width 1680 mm 1750 mm
Vehicle Height 1230 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2110 mm 2600 mm


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