1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1996 Pontiac Firebird

To start off, 1996 Pontiac Firebird is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 5,733 cc (8 cylinders), 1996 Pontiac Firebird is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Pontiac Firebird (257 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 142 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Pontiac Firebird should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Pontiac Firebird weights approximately 475 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1996 Pontiac Firebird 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 1996 Pontiac Firebird. 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, 1996 Pontiac Firebird (420 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 244 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1996 Pontiac Firebird will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 1996 Pontiac Firebird 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. 1996 Pontiac Firebird will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1996 Pontiac Firebird
Make Lancia Pontiac
Model Beta Firebird
Year Released 1975 1996
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 5733 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 115 HP 257 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 420 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 2400 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1535 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4920 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1900 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1310 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2570 mm


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