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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1972 Innocenti Mini

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 18 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 Innocenti Mini. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 Innocenti Mini would be higher. At 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 BMW 316 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 30 more horse power than 1972 Innocenti Mini. (70 HP @ 5800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1972 Innocenti Mini. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 408 kg more than 1972 Innocenti Mini. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1990 BMW 316 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 1990 BMW 316. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1972 Innocenti Mini, 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, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 33 more torque (in Nm) than 1972 Innocenti Mini. (108 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1972 Innocenti Mini.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1972 Innocenti Mini
Make BMW Innocenti
Model 316 Mini
Year Released 1990 1972
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1275 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 70 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 108 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 672 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3060 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1420 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2050 mm


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