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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL

To start off, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL is newer by 54 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Austin A 55. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Austin A 55 would be higher. At 5,461 cc (8 cylinders), 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL (382 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 331 more horse power than 1955 Austin A 55. (51 HP @ 4250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL should accelerate faster than 1955 Austin A 55. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL weights approximately 1390 kg more than 1955 Austin A 55. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1955 Austin A 55. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL will offer significantly more control. 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, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL (531 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 421 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Austin A 55. (110 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Austin A 55. 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL has automatic transmission and 1955 Austin A 55 has manual transmission. 1955 Austin A 55 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL
Make Austin Mercedes-Benz
Model A 55 GL
Year Released 1955 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 5461 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 51 HP 382 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 531 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 2800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 7 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 2445 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 5090 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1930 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 3080 mm


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