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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2002 Pontiac Solstice

To start off, 2002 Pontiac Solstice is newer by 34 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 65 more horse power than 2002 Pontiac Solstice. (240 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2002 Pontiac Solstice. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 582 kg more than 2002 Pontiac Solstice. 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) has 340 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Pontiac Solstice. (305 Nm). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Pontiac Solstice. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 2002 Pontiac Solstice has manual transmission. 2002 Pontiac Solstice 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 2002 Pontiac Solstice
Make Buick Pontiac
Model Riviera Solstice
Year Released 1968 2002
Body Type Coupe Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 2200 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 240 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 305 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1318 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 3910 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1810 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1150 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2830 mm


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