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1974 Chevrolet Nova vs. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Chevrolet Nova. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Chevrolet Nova would be higher. At 5,736 cc (8 cylinders), 1974 Chevrolet Nova is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (493 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 350 more horse power than 1974 Chevrolet Nova. (143 HP @ 3800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1974 Chevrolet Nova. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 585 kg more than 1974 Chevrolet Nova. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front 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, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (801 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 461 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Chevrolet Nova. (340 Nm @ 2200 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Chevrolet Nova.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Chevrolet Nova 2002 Mercedes-Benz S
Make Chevrolet Mercedes-Benz
Model Nova S
Year Released 1974 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5736 cc 5513 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 143 HP 493 HP
Engine RPM 3800 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 340 Nm 801 Nm
Torque RPM 2200 RPM 1800 RPM
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1550 kg 2135 kg
Vehicle Length 5000 mm 5170 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2720 mm


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