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2002 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL would be higher. At 5,956 cc (8 cylinders), 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL (375 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 100 more horse power than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. (275 HP @ 5750 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL should accelerate faster than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL weights approximately 155 kg more than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. 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, 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL (580 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 179 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. (401 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Mercedes-Benz S 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model S SL
Year Released 2002 1996
Body Type Sedan Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4266 cc 5956 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 275 HP 375 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 401 Nm 580 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 100 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 94.8 mm
Top Speed 250 km/hour 250 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 7.3 seconds 5.8 seconds
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1895 kg 2050 kg
Vehicle Length 5170 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 3090 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 88 L 80 L


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