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1978 Bristol 412 vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 27 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Bristol 412. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Bristol 412 would be higher. At 5,898 cc (8 cylinders), 1978 Bristol 412 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 50 more horse power than 1978 Bristol 412. (171 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1978 Bristol 412. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 95 kg more than 1978 Bristol 412. 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, 1978 Bristol 412 (366 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 51 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1978 Bristol 412 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E.

Compare all specifications:

1978 Bristol 412 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Bristol Mercedes-Benz
Model 412 E
Year Released 1978 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5898 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 171 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 366 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 101.6 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90.9 mm 84 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.0:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1690 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4950 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1780 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2910 mm 2830 mm


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