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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1977 Holden Sunbird

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1977 Holden Sunbird. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1977 Holden Sunbird would be higher. At 1,897 cc (4 cylinders), 1977 Holden Sunbird is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 4 more horse power than 1977 Holden Sunbird. (96 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1977 Holden Sunbird. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1977 Holden Sunbird weights approximately 80 kg more than 1990 BMW 316.

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, 1977 Holden Sunbird (157 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 16 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1977 Holden Sunbird will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1977 Holden Sunbird
Make BMW Holden
Model 316 Sunbird
Year Released 1990 1977
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1897 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 96 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 157 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1160 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2590 mm


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