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2003 Alfa Romeo 166 vs. 1958 Simca Oceane

To start off, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 is newer by 45 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1958 Simca Oceane. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1958 Simca Oceane would be higher. At 2,959 cc (6 cylinders), 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 (217 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 161 more horse power than 1958 Simca Oceane. (56 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 should accelerate faster than 1958 Simca Oceane. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 weights approximately 578 kg more than 1958 Simca Oceane. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1958 Simca Oceane 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 1958 Simca Oceane. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166, 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 Alfa Romeo 166 (265 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 177 more torque (in Nm) than 1958 Simca Oceane. (88 Nm @ 3100 RPM). This means 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1958 Simca Oceane. 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 has automatic transmission and 1958 Simca Oceane has manual transmission. 1958 Simca Oceane will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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2003 Alfa Romeo 166 1958 Simca Oceane
Make Alfa Romeo Simca
Model 166 Oceane
Year Released 2003 1958
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2959 cc 1290 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 217 HP 56 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 265 Nm 88 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 3100 RPM
Engine Bore Size 93 mm 74 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72.6 mm 75 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 6.8:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1550 kg 972 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4270 mm
Vehicle Width 1810 mm 1580 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2450 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 69 L 55 L


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