Please choose: Peugeot 505 or Alfa Romeo 75 (Milano)
We admit, this isn’t a perfect comparison – the Peugeot is a mid-size or “large family car” (per Wikipedia) while the Alfa is a compact executive – but we struggled mightily to come up with something that would be a worthy challenger to the Pug. BMW E28? Too obvious. Mercedes W201 (specifically the 190E 2.3-16)? Too sporting. Mercedes W123? Not sporting enough. Audi 4000CS quattro (aka the Audi 90 quattro)? Cool – in that boxy 1980s sort of way – but aesthetically a little sedate compared to the Peugeot.
And thus this Franco-Italian contest was born. Generally speaking, we have to imagine the Peugeot will be bigger (which it definitely is) and perhaps less precise as a driver yet still entertaining to drive, not to mention plenty easy on the eyes. With the Alfa it’s the other way around: the Milano (75 elsewhere in the world) will by most accounts reward the driver in spades – and his or her ears even more – but the looks will forever be an acquired taste (to put it diplomatically), and even then such acquisition may never fully come.
So, which would you choose: the striking Peugeot, or the sonorous (but homely) Alfa?
- Wheelbase: 2,740 mm (108 in)
- Length: 4,579 mm (180 in)
- Curb weight: 1,210 to 1,410 kg (2,668 to 3,109 lb)
- 2,165 cc four-cylinder ZDJL “Douvrin” engine (OHC, Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, Compression ratio: (9.8:1) ) with 130 hp (96 kW) was used on 505 GTI models
- 2,849cc six-cylinder (V6) engine (“ZN3J”, a version of the PRV engine) with 170 hp (125 kW) was used on 505 V6 models
- Wheelbase: 2,510 mm (98.8 in)
- Length: 4,331 mm (170.5 in)
- Curb weight: 1,100–1,300 kg (2,400–2,900 lb)
- 3.0 V6: 188 PS (138 kW) at 5,800 rpm, 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) at 3,000 rpm was used in North American “Milano Verde”
(All images via Google Image search)
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