1975 Lancia Beta vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz C

To start off, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C is newer by 31 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 2,148 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Mercedes-Benz C is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C (120 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 5 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Mercedes-Benz C weights approximately 434 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 2006 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 2006 Mercedes-Benz C. 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, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C (270 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 94 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2006 Mercedes-Benz C will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 2006 Mercedes-Benz C
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Beta C
Year Released 1975 2006
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2148 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 120 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 270 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 1600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 88 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 88.3 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 18.0:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 208 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1494 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4350 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 62 L