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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1979 Mazda Montrose

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 11 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Mazda Montrose. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Mazda Montrose would be higher. At 1,968 cc (4 cylinders), 1979 Mazda Montrose is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 10 more horse power than 1979 Mazda Montrose. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda Montrose. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 10 kg more than 1979 Mazda Montrose. 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, 1979 Mazda Montrose (153 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 12 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1979 Mazda Montrose will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 1979 Mazda Montrose has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1979 Mazda Montrose will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1979 Mazda Montrose
Make BMW Mazda
Model 316 Montrose
Year Released 1990 1979
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1968 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 90 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 153 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 8.6:1
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1070 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4310 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1670 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 55 L


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