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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1996 BMW 540

To start off, 1996 BMW 540 is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 BMW 316. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 BMW 316 would be higher. At 4,396 cc (8 cylinders), 1996 BMW 540 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 BMW 540 (282 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 182 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 BMW 540 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 BMW 540 weights approximately 765 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, 1996 BMW 540 (440 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 299 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 1996 BMW 540 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 1996 BMW 540 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. 1996 BMW 540 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1996 BMW 540
Model 316 540
Year Released 1990 1996
Body Type Sedan Station Wagon
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 4396 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 282 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 440 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1845 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4810 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1810 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2840 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


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