1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1952 Peugeot 203

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1952 Peugeot 203. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1952 Peugeot 203 would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 1975 Lancia Beta is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1975 Lancia Beta (115 HP) has 71 more horse power than 1952 Peugeot 203. (44 HP). In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1952 Peugeot 203. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1975 Lancia Beta weights approximately 140 kg more than 1952 Peugeot 203. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1952 Peugeot 203 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 1952 Peugeot 203. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, 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, 1975 Lancia Beta (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 95 more torque (in Nm) than 1952 Peugeot 203. (81 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1952 Peugeot 203.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1952 Peugeot 203
Make Lancia Peugeot
Model Beta 203
Year Released 1975 1952
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1290 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 44 HP
Torque 176 Nm 81 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 78 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 71 mm
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 920 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4360 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1620 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2590 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 50 L


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