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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1999 MCC Smart

To start off, 1999 MCC Smart is newer by 9 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 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 BMW 316 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 47 more horse power than 1999 MCC Smart. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 1999 MCC Smart. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 BMW 316 weights approximately 380 kg more than 1999 MCC Smart. 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, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 61 more torque (in Nm) than 1999 MCC Smart. (80 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1999 MCC Smart. 1999 MCC Smart 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. 1999 MCC Smart will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1999 MCC Smart
Model 316 Smart
Year Released 1990 1999
Body Type Sedan Convertible
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 1596 cc 599 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 3 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 80 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.5:1
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 700 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3230 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1610 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1180 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2280 mm


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