1982 Alfa Romeo Spider vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider is newer by 7 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 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 1975 Lancia Beta is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1975 Lancia Beta (115 HP) has 7 more horse power than 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider. (108 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1975 Lancia Beta weights approximately 60 kg more than 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider 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 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider. 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 31 more torque (in Nm) than 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider. (145 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1975 Lancia Beta will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1982 Alfa Romeo Spider.

Compare all specifications:

1982 Alfa Romeo Spider 1975 Lancia Beta
Make Alfa Romeo Lancia
Model Spider Beta
Year Released 1982 1975
Body Type Roadster Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1570 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 108 HP 115 HP
Torque 145 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 78 mm 84 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 8.9:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1000 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 4130 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1300 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2260 mm 2550 mm


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