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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 1988 Volkswagen Quantum

To start off, 1988 Volkswagen Quantum is newer by 20 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 1988 Volkswagen Quantum. (109 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1988 Volkswagen Quantum. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 770 kg more than 1988 Volkswagen Quantum. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1968 Buick Riviera 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 1968 Buick Riviera. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1988 Volkswagen Quantum, 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. Let's talk about torque, 1968 Buick Riviera (645 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 472 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Volkswagen Quantum. (173 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Volkswagen Quantum.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 1988 Volkswagen Quantum
Make Buick Volkswagen
Model Riviera Quantum
Year Released 1968 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1984 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 109 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 173 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 106.2 mm 82.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 99.4 mm 92.8 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1130 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4620 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1520 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2560 mm


 

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