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1971 BMW 3 vs. 1968 Buick Riviera

To start off, 1971 BMW 3 is newer by 3 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 125 more horse power than 1971 BMW 3. (180 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1971 BMW 3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 520 kg more than 1971 BMW 3. 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 @ 3200 RPM) has 390 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 BMW 3. (255 Nm @ 3700 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 BMW 3. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 1971 BMW 3 has manual transmission. 1971 BMW 3 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:

1971 BMW 3 1968 Buick Riviera
Make BMW Buick
Model 3 Riviera
Year Released 1971 1968
Body Type Coupe Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2986 cc 7050 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 180 HP 305 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 255 Nm 645 Nm
Torque RPM 3700 RPM 3200 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89 mm 106.2 mm
Engine Stroke Size 80 mm 99.4 mm
Top Speed 211 km/hour 193 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1380 kg 1900 kg
Vehicle Length 4740 mm 5370 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 2020 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2670 mm 3030 mm


 

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