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2003 AC Cobra vs. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S

To start off, 2003 AC Cobra is newer by 1 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 143 more horse power than 2003 AC Cobra. (350 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 2003 AC Cobra. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 1073 kg more than 2003 AC Cobra. 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 401 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 AC Cobra. (400 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 AC Cobra. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 2003 AC Cobra has manual transmission. 2003 AC Cobra 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:

2003 AC Cobra 2002 Mercedes-Benz S
Make AC Mercedes-Benz
Model Cobra S
Year Released 2003 2002
Body Type Roadster Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3506 cc 5513 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 350 HP 493 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 400 Nm 801 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 1800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 83 mm 82 mm
Engine Stroke Size 81 mm 87 mm
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1062 kg 2135 kg
Vehicle Length 4210 mm 5170 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1210 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2300 mm 2720 mm


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