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1988 Maserati Royale vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 24 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Maserati Royale. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Maserati Royale would be higher. At 4,930 cc (8 cylinders), 1988 Maserati Royale is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1988 Maserati Royale (296 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 114 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1988 Maserati Royale should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1988 Maserati Royale weights approximately 200 kg more than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1988 Maserati Royale 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 1988 Maserati Royale. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, 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.

Compare all specifications:

1988 Maserati Royale 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Maserati Buick
Model Royale LaCrosse
Year Released 1988 2012
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4930 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 296 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1940 kg 1740 kg
Wheelbase Size 2810 mm 2837 mm


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