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2003 Saab 03-Sep vs. 1980 Volvo 265

To start off, 2003 Saab 03-Sep is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1980 Volvo 265. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1980 Volvo 265 would be higher. At 2,315 cc (6 cylinders), 1980 Volvo 265 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (250 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 168 more horse power than 1980 Volvo 265. (82 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 1980 Volvo 265. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Saab 03-Sep weights approximately 165 kg more than 1980 Volvo 265. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1980 Volvo 265 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 1980 Volvo 265. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep, 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 Saab 03-Sep (370 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 225 more torque (in Nm) than 1980 Volvo 265. (145 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2003 Saab 03-Sep will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1980 Volvo 265.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Saab 03-Sep 1980 Volvo 265
Make Saab Volvo
Model 03-Sep 265
Year Released 2003 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 2315 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 82 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 370 Nm 145 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 86 mm 76.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86 mm 86.4 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 23.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Diesel
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1665 kg 1500 kg
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 4890 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2660 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 L 58 L


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