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1978 Lancia Gamma 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 Lancia Gamma. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Lancia Gamma 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 @ 6100 RPM) has 112 more horse power than 1978 Lancia Gamma. (116 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK should accelerate faster than 1978 Lancia Gamma.

Because 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 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 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1978 Lancia Gamma, 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, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (300 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 125 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Lancia Gamma. (175 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Lancia Gamma.

Compare all specifications:

1978 Lancia Gamma 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Make Lancia Mercedes-Benz
Model Gamma SLK
Year Released 1978 2007
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1999 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 116 HP 228 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6100 RPM
Torque 175 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 2700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Length 4580 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1740 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2680 mm 2440 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 70 L


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