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1997 Renault Spider vs. 2003 Saab 03-Sep

To start off, 2003 Saab 03-Sep is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Renault Spider. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Renault Spider would be higher. Both 1997 Renault Spider and 2003 Saab 03-Sep are equipped with a 1,998 cc engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (250 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 110 more horse power than 1997 Renault Spider. (140 HP @ 5750 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 1997 Renault Spider. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Saab 03-Sep weights approximately 675 kg more than 1997 Renault Spider. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1997 Renault 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 1997 Renault Spider. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep, 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, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (370 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 185 more torque (in Nm) than 1997 Renault Spider. (185 Nm @ 4500 RPM). This means 2003 Saab 03-Sep will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1997 Renault Spider.

Compare all specifications:

1997 Renault Spider 2003 Saab 03-Sep
Make Renault Saab
Model Spider 03-Sep
Year Released 1997 2003
Body Type Roadster Convertible
Engine Position Middle Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 140 HP 250 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 185 Nm 370 Nm
Torque RPM 4500 RPM 2700 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.7 mm 86 mm
Engine Stroke Size 93 mm 86 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.8:1 9.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 990 kg 1665 kg
Vehicle Length 3800 mm 4640 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1260 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2350 mm 2610 mm


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