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2003 Saab 03-Sep vs. 1981 Volvo 240

To start off, 2003 Saab 03-Sep is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Volvo 240. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Volvo 240 would be higher. At 2,127 cc (4 cylinders), 1981 Volvo 240 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Saab 03-Sep (250 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 154 more horse power than 1981 Volvo 240. (96 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 1981 Volvo 240.

Because 1981 Volvo 240 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 1981 Volvo 240. 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 243 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Volvo 240. (127 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2003 Saab 03-Sep will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Volvo 240.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Saab 03-Sep 1981 Volvo 240
Make Saab Volvo
Model 03-Sep 240
Year Released 2003 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 2127 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 250 HP 96 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 370 Nm 127 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 4790 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2660 mm


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