1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1970 Sunbeam Alpine

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Sunbeam Alpine 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 @ 5500 RPM) has 44 more horse power than 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. (71 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1975 Lancia Beta weights approximately 50 kg more than 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1970 Sunbeam Alpine 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 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. 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 53 more torque (in Nm) than 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. (123 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1970 Sunbeam Alpine. 1970 Sunbeam Alpine has automatic transmission and 1975 Lancia Beta has manual transmission. 1975 Lancia Beta will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1970 Sunbeam Alpine will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1970 Sunbeam Alpine
Make Lancia Sunbeam
Model Beta Alpine
Year Released 1975 1970
Engine Size 1995 cc 1725 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 71 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 123 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1010 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4430 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2510 mm