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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2009 BMW 330

To start off, 2009 BMW 330 is newer by 19 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 2,994 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 BMW 330 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 BMW 330 (268 HP @ 6650 RPM) has 168 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 BMW 330 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 BMW 330 weights approximately 465 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, 2009 BMW 330 (315 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 174 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2009 BMW 330 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2009 BMW 330
Model 316 330
Year Released 1990 2009
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2994 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 268 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6650 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 315 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 2750 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1545 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4590 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2770 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 63 L


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