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2003 Saab 03-Sep vs. 1978 Volkswagen Iltis

To start off, 2003 Saab 03-Sep is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Volkswagen Iltis. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Volkswagen Iltis would be higher. At 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 2003 Saab 03-Sep is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (250 HP) has 176 more horse power than 1978 Volkswagen Iltis. (74 HP). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 1978 Volkswagen Iltis. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Saab 03-Sep weights approximately 365 kg more than 1978 Volkswagen Iltis. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1978 Volkswagen Iltis is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2003 Saab 03-Sep. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1978 Volkswagen Iltis 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, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (370 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 234 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Volkswagen Iltis. (136 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2003 Saab 03-Sep will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Volkswagen Iltis.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Saab 03-Sep 1978 Volkswagen Iltis
Make Saab Volkswagen
Model 03-Sep Iltis
Year Released 2003 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 1714 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 250 HP 74 HP
Torque 370 Nm 136 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 86 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86 mm 86.4 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 6 seats
Vehicle Weight 1665 kg 1300 kg
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 3890 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1530 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1840 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2110 mm


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