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1985 Alfa Romeo 33 vs. 1968 Buick Riviera

To start off, 1985 Alfa Romeo 33 is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Buick Riviera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Buick Riviera would be higher. At 7,050 cc (8 cylinders), 1968 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1968 Buick Riviera (305 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 199 more horse power than 1985 Alfa Romeo 33. (106 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1968 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 1985 Alfa Romeo 33. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1968 Buick Riviera weights approximately 1000 kg more than 1985 Alfa Romeo 33. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1968 Buick Riviera 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 1968 Buick Riviera. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1985 Alfa Romeo 33, 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, 1968 Buick Riviera (645 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 510 more torque (in Nm) than 1985 Alfa Romeo 33. (135 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1985 Alfa Romeo 33. 1968 Buick Riviera has automatic transmission and 1985 Alfa Romeo 33 has manual transmission. 1985 Alfa Romeo 33 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1968 Buick Riviera will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1985 Alfa Romeo 33 1968 Buick Riviera
Make Alfa Romeo Buick
Model 33 Riviera
Year Released 1985 1968
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 7050 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type boxer in-line
Horse Power 106 HP 305 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 135 Nm 645 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3200 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 106.2 mm
Engine Stroke Size 67.2 mm 99.4 mm
Top Speed 180 km/hour 193 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 900 kg 1900 kg
Vehicle Length 4020 mm 5370 mm
Vehicle Width 1620 mm 2020 mm
Vehicle Height 1310 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2460 mm 3030 mm


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