2004 BMW Z4 vs. 1975 Lancia Beta

To start off, 2004 BMW Z4 is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 2,983 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 BMW Z4 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 BMW Z4 (225 HP @ 5900 RPM) has 110 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 BMW Z4 should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 BMW Z4 weights approximately 335 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2004 BMW Z4 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 2004 BMW Z4. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, 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, 2004 BMW Z4 (300 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 124 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2004 BMW Z4 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Compare all specifications:

2004 BMW Z4 1975 Lancia Beta
Make BMW Lancia
Model Z4 Beta
Year Released 2004 1975
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2983 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 225 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 5900 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 300 Nm 176 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 10.2:1 8.9:1
Top Speed 245 km/hour 180 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1395 kg 1060 kg
Vehicle Length 4100 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1310 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2500 mm 2550 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 51 L


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