Yes, It can. It is the air flow meter. The older 02A design might not report air flow rates as fast at the 02C, the faster the ECM/PCM is updated with the airflow rates, which go from none, to normal in a split second...the faster the car can calibrate the correct, optimal air fuel mixture, by adding a certain amount of fuel and voila, you have a faster starting vehicle than one that maybe doesn't know the air rates as often, or possibly doesn't instantly report as soon as it gets power, possibly taking a moment to initialize. A faster updating, and more accurate current flow rate (why we clean the filament), allows for a very quickly adapting, very efficient engine...newer versions of sensors, in many different areas of the engine, and faster, more responsive PCMs are one very good reason that engines got slightly more fuel efficient, faster starting, and more responsive than their previous comparable displacement relatives.
If I'm wrong about anything I just said...guess you're gonna have to break out the wet noodle.