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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1978 Opel Kadett

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Opel Kadett. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Opel Kadett 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 41 more horse power than 1978 Opel Kadett. (59 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1978 Opel Kadett. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 260 kg more than 1978 Opel Kadett. 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 51 more torque (in Nm) than 1978 Opel Kadett. (90 Nm @ 2600 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1978 Opel Kadett.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1978 Opel Kadett
Make BMW Opel
Model 316 Kadett
Year Released 1990 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1196 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 90 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2600 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 820 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4130 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1590 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2400 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 43 L


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