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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1981 Mercedes-Benz E

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1981 Mercedes-Benz E. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1981 Mercedes-Benz E would be higher. At 1,988 cc (4 cylinders), 1981 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1981 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 260 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.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1981 Mercedes-Benz E
Make BMW Mercedes-Benz
Model 316 E
Year Released 1990 1981
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1988 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1340 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2800 mm


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