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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2009 Mazda RX-8

To start off, 2009 Mazda RX-8 is newer by 41 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 73 more horse power than 2009 Mazda RX-8. (232 HP @ 8500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2009 Mazda RX-8.

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 429 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Mazda RX-8. (216 Nm @ 5500 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Mazda RX-8. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 2009 Mazda RX-8 has manual transmission. 2009 Mazda RX-8 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 2009 Mazda RX-8
Make Buick Mazda
Model Riviera RX-8
Year Released 1968 2009
Body Type Coupe Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 1306 cc
Engine Type in-line dual-disk rotary
Horse Power 305 HP 232 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 8500 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 216 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 5500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 5370 mm 4470 mm
Vehicle Width 2020 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2710 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 64 L


 

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