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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2009 Porsche 911

To start off, 2009 Porsche 911 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 3,599 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Porsche 911 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Porsche 911 (409 HP @ 7600 RPM) has 309 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Porsche 911 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Porsche 911 weights approximately 345 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 Porsche 911 (405 Nm @ 5500 RPM) has 264 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2009 Porsche 911 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2009 Porsche 911
Make BMW Porsche
Model 316 911
Year Released 1990 2009
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Rear
Engine Size 1596 cc 3599 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Horse Power 100 HP 409 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 7600 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 405 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 5500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 11.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1425 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4450 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1290 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1810 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2360 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 67 L


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