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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

To start off, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse is newer by 14 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 2,343 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse (148 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 48 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse weights approximately 265 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, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse, 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, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse (214 Nm) has 73 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm). This means 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Make BMW Mitsubishi
Model 316 Eclipse
Year Released 1990 2004
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2343 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 214 Nm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.0:1
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1345 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1320 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2630 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 62 L


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