1975 Lancia Beta vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2009 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 34 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 2,987 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Mercedes-Benz E (210 HP @ 3800 RPM) has 95 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 165 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 2009 Mercedes-Benz E 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 2009 Mercedes-Benz E. 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, 2009 Mercedes-Benz E (542 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 366 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2009 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 2009 Mercedes-Benz E 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. 2009 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 2009 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Beta E
Year Released 1975 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2987 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 115 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 542 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 1600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 18.0:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1225 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2860 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 80 L