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1976 Ford Cortina vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Ford Cortina. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Ford Cortina would be higher. At 3,199 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 148 more horse power than 1976 Ford Cortina. (73 HP @ 5300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1976 Ford Cortina. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 671 kg more than 1976 Ford Cortina. 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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 198 more torque (in Nm) than 1976 Ford Cortina. (117 Nm @ 2700 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1976 Ford Cortina. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1976 Ford Cortina has manual transmission. 1976 Ford Cortina will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1976 Ford Cortina 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model Cortina E
Year Released 1976 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1593 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 73 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 5300 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 117 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.2:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1114 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2830 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L 80 L


 

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