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1978 Cadillac Seville vs. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 24 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Cadillac Seville. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Cadillac Seville would be higher. At 5,735 cc (8 cylinders), 1978 Cadillac Seville is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (493 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 370 more horse power than 1978 Cadillac Seville. (123 HP @ 3600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1978 Cadillac Seville. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 245 kg more than 1978 Cadillac Seville. 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, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (801 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 497 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Cadillac Seville. (304 Nm @ 1600 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Cadillac Seville.

Compare all specifications:

1978 Cadillac Seville 2002 Mercedes-Benz S
Make Cadillac Mercedes-Benz
Model Seville S
Year Released 1978 2002
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5735 cc 5513 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 123 HP 493 HP
Engine RPM 3600 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 304 Nm 801 Nm
Torque RPM 1600 RPM 1800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 103 mm 82 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86 mm 87 mm
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1890 kg 2135 kg
Vehicle Length 5190 mm 5170 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2910 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 79 L 88 L


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