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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2011 Chevrolet Suburban

To start off, 2011 Chevrolet Suburban is newer by 21 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 6,000 cc (8 cylinders), 2011 Chevrolet Suburban is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Chevrolet Suburban (352 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 252 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Chevrolet Suburban should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Chevrolet Suburban weights approximately 1739 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, 2011 Chevrolet Suburban (517 Nm @ 4200 RPM) has 376 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2011 Chevrolet Suburban will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2011 Chevrolet Suburban has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2011 Chevrolet Suburban will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2011 Chevrolet Suburban
Make BMW Chevrolet
Model 316 Suburban
Year Released 1990 2011
Body Type Sedan SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 6000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 352 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 517 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Flex Fuel
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 7 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 2819 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 5649 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 2009 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1951 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 3302 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 148 L


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