1972 Lancia Fulvia vs. 2004 Mercedes-Benz C

To start off, 2004 Mercedes-Benz C is newer by 32 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 Lancia Fulvia. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 Lancia Fulvia would be higher. At 2,597 cc (5 cylinders), 2004 Mercedes-Benz C is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Mercedes-Benz C (169 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 57 more horse power than 1972 Lancia Fulvia. (112 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Mercedes-Benz C should accelerate faster than 1972 Lancia Fulvia. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Mercedes-Benz C weights approximately 625 kg more than 1972 Lancia Fulvia. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2004 Mercedes-Benz C 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 Mercedes-Benz C. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1972 Lancia Fulvia, 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 Mercedes-Benz C (400 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 247 more torque (in Nm) than 1972 Lancia Fulvia. (153 Nm @ 4500 RPM). This means 2004 Mercedes-Benz C will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1972 Lancia Fulvia. 2004 Mercedes-Benz C has automatic transmission and 1972 Lancia Fulvia has manual transmission. 1972 Lancia Fulvia will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2004 Mercedes-Benz C will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1972 Lancia Fulvia 2004 Mercedes-Benz C
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Fulvia C
Year Released 1972 2004
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1584 cc 2597 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 112 HP 169 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 153 Nm 400 Nm
Torque RPM 4500 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82 mm 88 mm
Engine Stroke Size 75 mm 88.3 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 18.0:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 960 kg 1585 kg
Vehicle Length 4150 mm 4620 mm
Vehicle Width 1580 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2340 mm 2730 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 69 L


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