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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1981 Dodge Omni

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Dodge Omni. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Dodge Omni would be higher. At 1,715 cc (4 cylinders), 1981 Dodge Omni is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 36 more horse power than 1981 Dodge Omni. (64 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1981 Dodge Omni. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 80 kg more than 1981 Dodge Omni. 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, 1981 Dodge Omni, 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 26 more torque (in Nm) than 1981 Dodge Omni. (115 Nm @ 2400 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1981 Dodge Omni.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1981 Dodge Omni
Make BMW Dodge
Model 316 Omni
Year Released 1990 1981
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1715 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 64 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 115 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 8.2:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1000 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4190 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2530 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 53 L


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