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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 would be higher. At 4,520 cc (8 cylinders), 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 (217 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 158 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 weights approximately 855 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 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 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 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450. 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, 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 (359 Nm @ 3250 RPM) has 249 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 has automatic transmission and 1986 Ford Escort has manual transmission. 1986 Ford Escort will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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1986 Ford Escort 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model Escort 450
Year Released 1986 1973
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 4520 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 217 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 359 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3250 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 92 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 85 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 8.8:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1765 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 5070 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1880 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2970 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 95 L


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