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1997 BMW 850 vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 BMW 850. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 BMW 850 would be higher. At 5,379 cc (12 cylinders), 1997 BMW 850 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 BMW 850 (329 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 147 more horse power than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (182 HP @ 6700 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1997 BMW 850 should accelerate faster than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 BMW 850 weights approximately 205 kg more than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1997 BMW 850 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 1997 BMW 850. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, 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, 1997 BMW 850 (490 Nm) has 257 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm). This means 1997 BMW 850 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

1997 BMW 850 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make BMW Buick
Model 850 LaCrosse
Year Released 1997 2012
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5379 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 12 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 329 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 490 Nm 233 Nm
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1945 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4790 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2690 mm 2837 mm


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