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2003 Alfa Romeo 166 vs. 1978 Opel Kadett

To start off, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Opel Kadett. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Opel Kadett 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 158 more horse power than 1978 Opel Kadett. (59 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 should accelerate faster than 1978 Opel Kadett. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 weights approximately 730 kg more than 1978 Opel Kadett. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1978 Opel Kadett 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 1978 Opel Kadett. 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 175 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Opel Kadett. (90 Nm @ 2600 RPM). This means 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Opel Kadett. 2003 Alfa Romeo 166 has automatic transmission and 1978 Opel Kadett has manual transmission. 1978 Opel Kadett 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 1978 Opel Kadett
Make Alfa Romeo Opel
Model 166 Kadett
Year Released 2003 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2959 cc 1196 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 217 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 265 Nm 90 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 2600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 93 mm 79 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72.6 mm 61 mm
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1550 kg 820 kg
Vehicle Length 4730 mm 4130 mm
Vehicle Width 1810 mm 1590 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2400 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 69 L 43 L


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