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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2008 BMW 330

To start off, 2008 BMW 330 is newer by 18 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 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 BMW 330 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 BMW 330 (260 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 160 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 BMW 330 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 BMW 330 weights approximately 460 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, 2008 BMW 330 (300 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 159 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 BMW 330 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2008 BMW 330 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. 2008 BMW 330 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2008 BMW 330
Make BMW BMW
Model 316 330
Year Released 1990 2008
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 260 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6600 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 300 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1540 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4530 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1820 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2770 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 63 L


 

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