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1985 Lotus Excel vs. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1985 Lotus Excel. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1985 Lotus Excel 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 40 more horse power than 1985 Lotus Excel. (181 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1985 Lotus Excel. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 614 kg more than 1985 Lotus Excel. 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 83 more torque (in Nm) than 1985 Lotus Excel. (232 Nm @ 5000 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1985 Lotus Excel. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1985 Lotus Excel has manual transmission. 1985 Lotus Excel 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:

1985 Lotus Excel 2005 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Lotus Mercedes-Benz
Model Excel E
Year Released 1985 2005
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2174 cc 3199 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 3 valves
Horse Power 181 HP 221 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 232 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 95.3 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 76.2 mm 84 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.9:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Top Speed 217 km/hour 233 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1171 kg 1785 kg
Vehicle Length 4380 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1820 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1020 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2490 mm 2830 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L 80 L


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