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1988 BMW 520 vs. 2009 Chevrolet Nubira

To start off, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 BMW 520. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 BMW 520 would be higher. At 1,989 cc (6 cylinders), 1988 BMW 520 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1988 BMW 520 (129 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. (108 HP @ 6300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1988 BMW 520 should accelerate faster than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1988 BMW 520 weights approximately 257 kg more than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1988 BMW 520 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 1988 BMW 520. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Chevrolet Nubira, 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, 1988 BMW 520 (174 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 24 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. (150 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1988 BMW 520 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. 1988 BMW 520 has automatic transmission and 2009 Chevrolet Nubira has manual transmission. 2009 Chevrolet Nubira will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1988 BMW 520 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1988 BMW 520 2009 Chevrolet Nubira
Make BMW Chevrolet
Model 520 Nubira
Year Released 1988 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1989 cc 1598 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 129 HP 108 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 174 Nm 150 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 79 mm
Engine Stroke Size 66 mm 81.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 9.5:1
Top Speed 202 km/hour 175 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 12.5 seconds 11 seconds
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1570 kg 1313 kg
Vehicle Length 4780 mm 4570 mm
Vehicle Width 1810 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2770 mm 2610 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 9.9 L/100km 8.3 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 60 L


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