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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2010 Honda Civic

To start off, 2010 Honda Civic is newer by 20 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 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2010 Honda Civic is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2010 Honda Civic (201 HP @ 7000 RPM) has 101 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2010 Honda Civic should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2010 Honda Civic weights approximately 225 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 1990 BMW 316 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1990 BMW 316. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2010 Honda Civic, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 2010 Honda Civic (230 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 89 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2010 Honda Civic will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2010 Honda Civic
Make BMW Honda
Model 316 Civic
Year Released 1990 2010
Body Type Sedan Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 201 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 7000 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 230 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1305 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 50 L


 

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