1973 Volvo 164 vs. 2001 Alfa Romeo 166

To start off, 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Volvo 164. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Volvo 164 would be higher. At 2,976 cc (6 cylinders), 1973 Volvo 164 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 (226 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 84 more horse power than 1973 Volvo 164. (142 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 should accelerate faster than 1973 Volvo 164. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 weights approximately 150 kg more than 1973 Volvo 164. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1973 Volvo 164 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 1973 Volvo 164. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2001 Alfa Romeo 166, 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, 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 (275 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 54 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Volvo 164. (221 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2001 Alfa Romeo 166 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Volvo 164.

Compare all specifications:

1973 Volvo 164 2001 Alfa Romeo 166
Make Volvo Alfa Romeo
Model 164 166
Year Released 1973 2001
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2976 cc 2959 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 142 HP 226 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 275 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 5000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 88.9 mm 93 mm
Engine Stroke Size 80 mm 72.6 mm
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1360 kg 1510 kg
Vehicle Length 4720 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2710 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 58 L 72 L


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