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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2003 Holden Astra

To start off, 2003 Holden Astra is newer by 35 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 185 more horse power than 2003 Holden Astra. (120 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2003 Holden Astra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 750 kg more than 2003 Holden Astra. 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, 2003 Holden Astra, 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 480 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Holden Astra. (165 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Holden Astra. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 2003 Holden Astra has manual transmission. 2003 Holden Astra 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 2003 Holden Astra
Make Buick Holden
Model Riviera Astra
Year Released 1968 2003
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1796 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 305 HP 120 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 165 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1150 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4260 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2610 mm


 

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