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2003 Alfa Romeo 166 vs. 1973 Buick Riviera

To start off, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 is newer by 30 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Buick Riviera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Buick Riviera would be higher. At 7,468 cc (8 cylinders), 1973 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1973 Buick Riviera (250 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 33 more horse power than 2003 Alfa Romeo 166. (217 HP @ 6300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1973 Buick Riviera should accelerate faster than 2003 Alfa Romeo 166. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1973 Buick Riviera weights approximately 490 kg more than 2003 Alfa Romeo 166. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1973 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 1973 Buick Riviera. 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, 1973 Buick Riviera (518 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 253 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Alfa Romeo 166. (265 Nm @ 5000 RPM). This means 1973 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Alfa Romeo 166.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Alfa Romeo 166 1973 Buick Riviera
Make Alfa Romeo Buick
Model 166 Riviera
Year Released 2003 1973
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2959 cc 7468 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 217 HP 250 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 265 Nm 518 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 2800 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1550 kg 2040 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 5560 mm
Vehicle Width 1810 mm 2040 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 3110 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 69 L 95 L


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