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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 1977 Holden Kingswood

To start off, 1977 Holden Kingswood is newer by 9 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 196 more horse power than 1977 Holden Kingswood. (109 HP @ 4000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1977 Holden Kingswood. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 560 kg more than 1977 Holden Kingswood. 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 387 more torque (in Nm) than 1977 Holden Kingswood. (258 Nm @ 1600 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1977 Holden Kingswood.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 1977 Holden Kingswood
Make Buick Holden
Model Riviera Kingswood
Year Released 1968 1977
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 3298 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 109 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 258 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 1600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1340 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4850 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1900 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2830 mm


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