1953 BMW 501 vs. 2009 BMW M3

To start off, 2009 BMW M3 is newer by 56 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1953 BMW 501. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1953 BMW 501 would be higher. At 3,999 cc (8 cylinders), 2009 BMW M3 is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 BMW M3 weights approximately 35 kg more than 1953 BMW 501.

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.

Compare all specifications:

1953 BMW 501 2009 BMW M3
Model 501 M3
Year Released 1953 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1969 cc 3999 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 0 HP 414 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1285 kg 1320 kg
Vehicle Length 4740 mm 4620 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1400 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1810 mm
Wheelbase Size 2840 mm 2770 mm