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1987 Maserati 228 vs. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1987 Maserati 228. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1987 Maserati 228 would be higher. At 5,513 cc (12 cylinders), 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (493 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 241 more horse power than 1987 Maserati 228. (252 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1987 Maserati 228. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 870 kg more than 1987 Maserati 228. 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, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (801 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 436 more torque (in Nm) than 1987 Maserati 228. (365 Nm @ 2900 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1987 Maserati 228. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 1987 Maserati 228 has manual transmission. 1987 Maserati 228 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1987 Maserati 228 2002 Mercedes-Benz S
Make Maserati Mercedes-Benz
Model 228 S
Year Released 1987 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2790 cc 5513 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 252 HP 493 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 365 Nm 801 Nm
Torque RPM 2900 RPM 1800 RPM
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 1265 kg 2135 kg
Vehicle Length 4470 mm 5170 mm
Vehicle Width 1870 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1340 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2720 mm


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