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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass would be higher. At 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass (163 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 63 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass weights approximately 120 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.

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, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 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, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass (237 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 96 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Make BMW Oldsmobile
Model 316 Cutlass
Year Released 1990 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 163 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 237 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1200 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4550 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1330 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2640 mm


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