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2002 Mercedes-Benz A vs. 2011 Porsche Cayman

To start off, 2011 Porsche Cayman is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Mercedes-Benz A would be higher. At 3,400 cc (6 cylinders), 2011 Porsche Cayman is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Porsche Cayman (330 HP @ 7400 RPM) has 192 more horse power than 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. (138 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Porsche Cayman should accelerate faster than 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Porsche Cayman weights approximately 100 kg more than 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2011 Porsche Cayman 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 2011 Porsche Cayman. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz A, 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, 2011 Porsche Cayman (370 Nm @ 4750 RPM) has 165 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. (205 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2011 Porsche Cayman will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Mercedes-Benz A. 2002 Mercedes-Benz A has automatic transmission and 2011 Porsche Cayman has manual transmission. 2011 Porsche Cayman will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Mercedes-Benz A will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Mercedes-Benz A 2011 Porsche Cayman
Make Mercedes-Benz Porsche
Model A Cayman
Year Released 2002 2011
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 2084 cc 3400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Horse Power 138 HP 330 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 7400 RPM
Torque 205 Nm 370 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4750 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1195 kg 1295 kg
Vehicle Length 3820 mm 4346 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1801 mm
Vehicle Height 1610 mm 1285 mm
Wheelbase Size 2780 mm 2416 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L 64 L


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