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2002 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 1997 Mercedes-Benz C

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Mercedes-Benz C. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Mercedes-Benz C 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 190 more horse power than 1997 Mercedes-Benz C. (303 HP @ 5850 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1997 Mercedes-Benz C. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 565 kg more than 1997 Mercedes-Benz C. 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 391 more torque (in Nm) than 1997 Mercedes-Benz C. (410 Nm @ 3250 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1997 Mercedes-Benz C.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Mercedes-Benz S 1997 Mercedes-Benz C
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model S C
Year Released 2002 1997
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5513 cc 4266 cc
Engine Cylinders 12 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 493 HP 303 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5850 RPM
Torque 801 Nm 410 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 3250 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 87 mm 84 mm
Top Speed 250 km/hour 250 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 4.8 seconds 6.5 seconds
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 2135 kg 1570 kg
Vehicle Length 5170 mm 4520 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2720 mm 2700 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 88 L 69 L


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