1975 Lancia Beta vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C

To start off, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C is newer by 33 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 2,398 cc, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C weights approximately 840 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Because 2008 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 2008 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, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C (225 Nm @ 3300 RPM) has 49 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2008 Mercedes-Benz C will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C 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. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 2008 Mercedes-Benz C
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Beta C
Year Released 1975 2008
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2398 cc
Horse Power 115 HP 0 HP
Torque 176 Nm 225 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3300 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 68.2 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 10.5:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 215 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1900 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4630 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2700 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 62 L


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