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1979 Buick Century vs. 2006 Opel Signum

To start off, 2006 Opel Signum is newer by 27 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Buick Century. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Buick Century would be higher. At 3,214 cc (6 cylinders), 1979 Buick Century is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Opel Signum (175 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 71 more horse power than 1979 Buick Century. (104 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Opel Signum should accelerate faster than 1979 Buick Century. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Opel Signum weights approximately 240 kg more than 1979 Buick Century. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1979 Buick Century 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 1979 Buick Century. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2006 Opel Signum, 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, 2006 Opel Signum (370 Nm @ 1900 RPM) has 152 more torque (in Nm) than 1979 Buick Century. (218 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2006 Opel Signum will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1979 Buick Century.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Buick Century 2006 Opel Signum
Make Buick Opel
Model Century Signum
Year Released 1979 2006
Body Type Coupe Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3214 cc 2958 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 104 HP 175 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 218 Nm 370 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 1900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1430 kg 1670 kg
Vehicle Length 4990 mm 4640 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2760 mm 2840 mm


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