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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 1979 Volkswagen 1302

To start off, 1979 Volkswagen 1302 is newer by 11 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 271 more horse power than 1979 Volkswagen 1302. (34 HP @ 3600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1979 Volkswagen 1302. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 1150 kg more than 1979 Volkswagen 1302. 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 561 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Volkswagen 1302. (84 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Volkswagen 1302. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 1979 Volkswagen 1302 has manual transmission. 1979 Volkswagen 1302 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1968 Buick Riviera will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 1979 Volkswagen 1302
Make Buick Volkswagen
Model Riviera 1302
Year Released 1968 1979
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 7050 cc 1192 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 34 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 3600 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 84 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 106.2 mm 77 mm
Engine Stroke Size 99.4 mm 64 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 750 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4070 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1560 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2410 mm


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