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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK vs. 1981 Volkswagen Santana

To start off, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is newer by 26 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Volkswagen Santana. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Volkswagen Santana would be higher. At 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (228 HP) has 169 more horse power than 1981 Volkswagen Santana. (59 HP). In normal driving conditions, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK should accelerate faster than 1981 Volkswagen Santana.

Because 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1981 Volkswagen Santana, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK (300 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 200 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Volkswagen Santana. (100 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Volkswagen Santana.

Compare all specifications:

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 1981 Volkswagen Santana
Make Mercedes-Benz Volkswagen
Model SLK Santana
Year Released 2007 1981
Body Type Convertible Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2996 cc 1296 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 228 HP 59 HP
Torque 300 Nm 100 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 3500 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4550 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1300 mm 1410 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2560 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 60 L


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