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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1980 Pontiac Firebird

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1980 Pontiac Firebird. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1980 Pontiac Firebird would be higher. At 4,942 cc (8 cylinders), 1980 Pontiac Firebird is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 1980 Pontiac Firebird. (200 HP @ 4000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1980 Pontiac Firebird. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 200 kg more than 1980 Pontiac Firebird. 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, 1980 Pontiac Firebird (459 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 144 more torque (in Nm) than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E. (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1980 Pontiac Firebird will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mercedes-Benz E 1980 Pontiac Firebird
Make Mercedes-Benz Pontiac
Model E Firebird
Year Released 2005 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 4942 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 3 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 221 HP 200 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 459 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 101.6 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 76.2 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 7.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Top Speed 233 km/hour 190 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1585 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1870 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1290 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2750 mm


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