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1985 Mazda 323 vs. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK

To start off, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1985 Mazda 323. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1985 Mazda 323 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 162 more horse power than 1985 Mazda 323. (66 HP @ 5800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK should accelerate faster than 1985 Mazda 323.

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, 1985 Mazda 323, 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 199 more torque (in Nm) than 1985 Mazda 323. (101 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1985 Mazda 323.

Compare all specifications:

1985 Mazda 323 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Make Mazda Mercedes-Benz
Model 323 SLK
Year Released 1985 2007
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1324 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 66 HP 228 HP
Engine RPM 5800 RPM 6100 RPM
Torque 101 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 2700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual


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