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2005 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 7 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL would be higher. At 3,199 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (221 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 17 more horse power than 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL. (204 HP @ 5700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL weights approximately 25 kg more than 2005 Mercedes-Benz E.

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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E (315 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 45 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL. (270 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL
Make Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Model E SL
Year Released 2005 1998
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3199 cc 2799 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 221 HP 204 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 270 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 89.9 mm 89.9 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 73.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10.1:1
Top Speed 233 km/hour 228 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 8.5 seconds 9.8 seconds
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1785 kg 1810 kg
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4510 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1300 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L 80 L


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