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2003 BMW X5 vs. 1968 Buick Riviera

To start off, 2003 BMW X5 is newer by 35 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1968 Buick Riviera. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1968 Buick Riviera would be higher. At 7,050 cc (8 cylinders), 1968 Buick Riviera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 BMW X5 (338 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 33 more horse power than 1968 Buick Riviera. (305 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 BMW X5 should accelerate faster than 1968 Buick Riviera. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 BMW X5 weights approximately 295 kg more than 1968 Buick Riviera. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2003 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1968 Buick Riviera. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. 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, 1968 Buick Riviera (645 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 245 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 BMW X5. (400 Nm @ 3700 RPM). This means 1968 Buick Riviera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 BMW X5.

Compare all specifications:

2003 BMW X5 1968 Buick Riviera
Make BMW Buick
Model X5 Riviera
Year Released 2003 1968
Body Type SUV Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4398 cc 7050 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 338 HP 305 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 400 Nm 645 Nm
Torque RPM 3700 RPM 3200 RPM
Engine Bore Size 92 mm 106.2 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82.7 mm 99.4 mm
Top Speed 240 km/hour 193 km/hour
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 2195 kg 1900 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 5370 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 2020 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1370 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 3030 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 93 L 75 L


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