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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2009 BMW 520

To start off, 2009 BMW 520 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 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 BMW 520 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 BMW 520 (175 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 75 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 BMW 520 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 BMW 520 weights approximately 505 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 520 (350 Nm @ 1750 RPM) has 209 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2009 BMW 520 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 520
Make BMW BMW
Model 316 520
Year Released 1990 2009
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1995 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 175 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 350 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 1750 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 16.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1585 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4850 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2890 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


 

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