The early 200D had 55 DIN HP and 113 Nm torque, after february 1979 it was 60 DIN HP with the same torque. To increase the power output MB uped the maximum rpm of the engine and changed valves, prechambers and pistons a bit, but the 60 HP doesn't "feel" differently from a 55 HP 200D.
The 220D had 60 DIN HP but with a higher 126 Nm torque, so that car feels a bit nippier.
The 200D might be slow, but it isn't that much slower than a N/A 300D automatic for instance. I found the 200D perfectly driveable, even in today's traffic. Although it must be considered that in Europe all trucks have speed limiters, limiting their speed to 55 mph, so you don't have to worry about a big truck tailgating you.
Here is my 0 to 60 mph in my no longer owned 200D:
I'll take pics of the underside if you like. I'll be draining the oil in the tranny on Sunday (0-1000 km run-in in 1 week flat). What would you like to see?
Yes, I didn't have to cut the driveshaft, but decided it would be cheaper than finding and swopping out. So I cut it.
I haven't really done acceleration runs in Donkey, that's not how I roll. But I can tell you that Donkey is noticably qiucker than a factory-spec 300D thanks to her shorter final drive (3.69, from the 240D), and quieter thanks to the overdrive.
Maybe I should get my car in a magazine, maybe with a factory-spec 300D auto, for a comparitive test
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