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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 1971 Ford 17

To start off, 1971 Ford 17 is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Buick Riviera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Buick Riviera would be higher. At 7,050 cc (8 cylinders), 1968 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1968 Buick Riviera (305 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 246 more horse power than 1971 Ford 17. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1971 Ford 17. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 825 kg more than 1971 Ford 17. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. 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, 1968 Buick Riviera (645 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 533 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Ford 17. (112 Nm @ 2400 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Ford 17.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 1971 Ford 17
Make Buick Ford
Model Riviera 17
Year Released 1968 1971
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1498 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 112 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1075 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2710 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 87 L


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