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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1984 Opel Senator

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1984 Opel Senator. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1984 Opel Senator would be higher. At 2,197 cc (4 cylinders), 1984 Opel Senator is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1984 Opel Senator (114 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 14 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1984 Opel Senator should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1984 Opel Senator weights approximately 240 kg more than 1990 BMW 316. 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, 1984 Opel Senator (186 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 45 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1984 Opel Senator will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1984 Opel Senator
Make BMW Opel
Model 316 Senator
Year Released 1990 1984
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2197 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 114 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 186 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.4:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1320 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4820 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2690 mm


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