1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL

To start off, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 5,987 cc (12 cylinders), 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL (389 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 274 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL weights approximately 990 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 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 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, 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, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL (570 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 394 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL has automatic transmission and 1975 Lancia Beta has manual transmission. 1975 Lancia Beta will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Beta SL
Year Released 1975 1998
Body Type Hatchback Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 5987 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 115 HP 389 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 570 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 89.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 80.2 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 2050 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2410 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 80 L


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