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2008 Alfa Romeo 156 vs. 1988 Alfa Romeo 164

To start off, 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Alfa Romeo 164. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 would be higher. At 2,959 cc (6 cylinders), 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 (185 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 37 more horse power than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. (148 HP @ 6300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 should accelerate faster than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 weights approximately 135 kg more than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. 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, 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 (259 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 77 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. (182 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Alfa Romeo 156. 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 has automatic transmission and 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 has manual transmission. 2008 Alfa Romeo 156 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Alfa Romeo 156 1988 Alfa Romeo 164
Make Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo
Model 156 164
Year Released 2008 1988
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 2959 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 148 HP 185 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 182 Nm 259 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 4400 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83 mm 93.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 91 mm 72.6 mm
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1285 kg 1420 kg
Vehicle Length 4440 mm 4650 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2600 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 70 L


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