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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 would be higher. At 3,839 cc (8 cylinders), 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 (205 HP @ 5250 RPM) has 146 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 weights approximately 705 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 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 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 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380. 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, 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 (315 Nm @ 3250 RPM) has 205 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort. 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 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. 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380
Make Ford Mercedes-Benz
Model Escort 380
Year Released 1986 1982
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 3839 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 59 HP 205 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3250 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 88 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 78.9 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 9.4:1
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 1615 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 5140 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 3080 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 90 L


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