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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK

To start off, 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK is newer by 33 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 144 more horse power than 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. (161 HP @ 5300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 610 kg more than 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. 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 411 more torque (in Nm) than 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK. (234 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Make Buick Mercedes-Benz
Model Riviera SLK
Year Released 1968 2001
Body Type Coupe Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 161 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5300 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 234 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1290 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4000 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1280 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2410 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 70 L


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