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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

To start off, 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton is newer by 37 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 67 more horse power than 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton. (238 HP @ 6200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton weights approximately 170 kg more than 1968 Buick Riviera.

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, 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton, 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 335 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton. (310 Nm @ 2400 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton has manual transmission. 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton 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 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton
Make Buick Volkswagen
Model Riviera Phaeton
Year Released 1968 2005
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 3189 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 305 HP 238 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 310 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 2400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Top Speed 193 km/hour 240 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 2070 kg
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 5060 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1910 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2850 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 90 L


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