2003 Alpina B3 vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 2003 Alpina B3 is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 3,346 cc (6 cylinders), 2003 Alpina B3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Alpina B3 (302 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 187 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Alpina B3 should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Alpina B3 weights approximately 420 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2003 Alpina B3 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 2003 Alpina B3. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, 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 Alpina B3 (362 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 186 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2003 Alpina B3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Alpina B3 1975 Lancia Beta
Make Alpina Lancia
Model B3 Beta
Year Released 2003 1975
Body Type Coupe Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3346 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 302 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 362 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 4800 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 87 mm 84 mm
Engine Stroke Size 93.8 mm 90 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 8.9:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1480 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2550 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 88 L 51 L


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