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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2008 Panoz Esperante

To start off, 2008 Panoz Esperante 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 4,589 cc (8 cylinders), 2008 Panoz Esperante is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Panoz Esperante (305 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 205 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Panoz Esperante should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316.

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 Panoz Esperante (434 Nm @ 4200 RPM) has 293 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Panoz Esperante will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2008 Panoz Esperante
Make BMW Panoz
Model 316 Esperante
Year Released 1990 2008
Body Type Sedan Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 4589 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 305 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 434 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4200 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.8:1
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4480 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1870 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1360 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2700 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 59 L


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