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2002 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C

To start off, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Mercedes-Benz S. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Mercedes-Benz S 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 312 more horse power than 2009 Mercedes-Benz C. (181 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 2009 Mercedes-Benz C. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C weights approximately 695 kg more than 2002 Mercedes-Benz S.

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 560 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Mercedes-Benz C. (241 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Mercedes-Benz C. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 2009 Mercedes-Benz C has manual transmission. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C 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:

2002 Mercedes-Benz S 2009 Mercedes-Benz C
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model S C
Year Released 2002 2009
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5513 cc 1796 cc
Horse Power 493 HP 181 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 801 Nm 241 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82 mm 82 mm
Engine Stroke Size 87 mm 85 mm
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 2135 kg 2830 kg
Vehicle Length 5170 mm 4590 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1450 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1780 mm
Wheelbase Size 2720 mm 2770 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 88 L 62 L


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