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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1973 Porsche 914

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1973 Porsche 914. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1973 Porsche 914 would be higher. At 1,679 cc (4 cylinders), 1973 Porsche 914 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 1973 Porsche 914. (79 HP @ 4900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1973 Porsche 914. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 155 kg more than 1973 Porsche 914. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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. Let's talk about torque, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 4 more torque (in Nm) than 1973 Porsche 914. (137 Nm @ 2700 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1973 Porsche 914.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1973 Porsche 914
Make BMW Porsche
Model 316 914
Year Released 1990 1973
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 1596 cc 1679 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4900 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 137 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2700 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 925 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3990 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1660 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1230 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2460 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 61 L


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