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1961 BMW 501 vs. 2002 Acura CL

To start off, 2002 Acura CL is newer by 41 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1961 BMW 501. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1961 BMW 501 would be higher. At 3,210 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 Acura CL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Acura CL (260 HP) has 160 more horse power than 1961 BMW 501. (100 HP) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL should accelerate faster than 1961 BMW 501. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Acura CL weights approximately 235 kg more than 1961 BMW 501. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1961 BMW 501 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 1961 BMW 501. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, 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, 2002 Acura CL (315 Nm) has 133 more torque (in Nm) than 1961 BMW 501. (182 Nm). This means 2002 Acura CL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1961 BMW 501.

Compare all specifications:

1961 BMW 501 2002 Acura CL
Make BMW Acura
Model 501 CL
Year Released 1961 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2580 cc 3210 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 100 HP 260 HP
Torque 182 Nm 315 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1345 kg 1580 kg
Vehicle Length 4740 mm 4880 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1800 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2840 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 110 L 65 L


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