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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2008 Lexus GS

To start off, 2008 Lexus GS 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 3,441 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Lexus GS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Lexus GS (304 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 204 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Lexus GS should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Lexus GS weights approximately 660 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 2008 Lexus GS is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1990 BMW 316. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Lexus GS will offer significantly more control. 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 Lexus GS (372 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 231 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Lexus GS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2008 Lexus GS 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 Lexus GS will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2008 Lexus GS
Make BMW Lexus
Model 316 GS
Year Released 1990 2008
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 3441 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 304 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 372 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 3600 RPM
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4830 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2860 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 71 L


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