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2003 Saab 03-Sep vs. 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle

To start off, 2003 Saab 03-Sep is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle 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 @ 5500 RPM) has 101 more horse power than 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. (149 HP @ 5800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Saab 03-Sep should accelerate faster than 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Saab 03-Sep weights approximately 480 kg more than 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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 130 more torque (in Nm) than 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle. (240 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2003 Saab 03-Sep will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Saab 03-Sep 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
Make Saab Volkswagen
Model 03-Sep New Beetle
Year Released 2003 2001
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1998 cc 1786 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 5 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 149 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 370 Nm 240 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 86 mm 81 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86 mm 86.4 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Top Speed 250 km/hour 202 km/hour
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1665 kg 1185 kg
Vehicle Length 4640 mm 4100 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1520 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 3010 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 9.1 L/100km 8.1 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 61 L 55 L


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