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2002 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 1990 Mercedes-Benz G

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 Mercedes-Benz G would be higher. At 4,266 cc (8 cylinders), 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (275 HP @ 5750 RPM) has 150 more horse power than 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. (125 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 15 kg more than 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1990 Mercedes-Benz G is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1990 Mercedes-Benz G will offer significantly more control. 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 (401 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 215 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. (186 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 Mercedes-Benz G. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 1990 Mercedes-Benz G has manual transmission. 1990 Mercedes-Benz G 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.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz S 1990 Mercedes-Benz G
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model S G
Year Released 2002 1990
Body Type Sedan SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4266 cc 2299 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 275 HP 125 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 401 Nm 186 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 95.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 80.2 mm
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1895 kg 1880 kg
Vehicle Length 5170 mm 4240 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1940 mm
Wheelbase Size 3090 mm 2410 mm


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