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1978 Fiat 131 vs. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK

To start off, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Fiat 131. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Fiat 131 would be higher. At 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (228 HP) has 175 more horse power than 1978 Fiat 131. (53 HP) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK should accelerate faster than 1978 Fiat 131.

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, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (300 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 205 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Fiat 131. (95 Nm @ 2700 RPM). This means 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Fiat 131.

Compare all specifications:

1978 Fiat 131 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Make Fiat Mercedes-Benz
Model 131 SLK
Year Released 1978 2007
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1297 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 228 HP
Torque 95 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 2700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Vehicle Length 4270 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2500 mm 2440 mm


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