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1968 Buick Riviera vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2012 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 44 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, 2012 Mercedes-Benz E (518 HP @ 6800 RPM) has 213 more horse power than 1968 Buick Riviera. (305 HP @ 5000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1968 Buick Riviera. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 42 kg more than 1968 Buick Riviera. 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, 2012 Mercedes-Benz E (699 Nm @ 1700 RPM) has 54 more torque (in Nm) than 1968 Buick Riviera. (645 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 2012 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1968 Buick Riviera.

Compare all specifications:

1968 Buick Riviera 2012 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Buick Mercedes-Benz
Model Riviera E
Year Released 1968 2012
Body Type Coupe Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7050 cc 5500 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 305 HP 518 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 6800 RPM
Torque 645 Nm 699 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 1700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic 7-speed automated manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1900 kg 1942 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 80 L


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