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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1972 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 14 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 Mercedes-Benz E. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 Mercedes-Benz E would be higher. At 1,988 cc (4 cylinders), 1972 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1972 Mercedes-Benz E (94 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 35 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1972 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1972 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 420 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1972 Mercedes-Benz E 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 1972 Mercedes-Benz E. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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, 1972 Mercedes-Benz E (159 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 49 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1972 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1972 Mercedes-Benz E
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model Escort E
Year Released 1986 1972
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1988 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 94 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 159 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1330 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4700 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2760 mm


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