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1990 BMW 316 vs. 2012 Fiat Idea

To start off, 2012 Fiat Idea is newer by 22 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 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 BMW 316 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 BMW 316 (100 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 6 more horse power than 2012 Fiat Idea. (94 HP @ 5800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 BMW 316 should accelerate faster than 2012 Fiat Idea. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Fiat Idea weights approximately 70 kg more than 1990 BMW 316.

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, 2012 Fiat Idea, 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, 1990 BMW 316 (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 13 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Fiat Idea. (128 Nm @ 4500 RPM). This means 1990 BMW 316 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Fiat Idea.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 2012 Fiat Idea
Make BMW Fiat
Model 316 Idea
Year Released 1990 2012
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 1368 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 100 HP 94 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 141 Nm 128 Nm
Torque RPM 4250 RPM 4500 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 11.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 1150 kg
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 3940 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1670 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 47 L


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