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1997 BMW M3 vs. 2009 Citroen C2

To start off, 2009 Citroen C2 is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 BMW M3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 BMW M3 would be higher. At 3,201 cc (6 cylinders), 1997 BMW M3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 BMW M3 (240 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 181 more horse power than 2009 Citroen C2. (59 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1997 BMW M3 should accelerate faster than 2009 Citroen C2. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 BMW M3 weights approximately 370 kg more than 2009 Citroen C2. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1997 BMW M3 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 M3. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Citroen C2, 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 M3 (236 Nm) has 142 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Citroen C2. (94 Nm). This means 1997 BMW M3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Citroen C2.

Compare all specifications:

1997 BMW M3 2009 Citroen C2
Make BMW Citroen
Model M3 C2
Year Released 1997 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3201 cc 1124 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 240 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 236 Nm 94 Nm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.2:1 10.0:1
Top Speed 220 km/hour 153 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1300 kg 930 kg
Vehicle Length 4440 mm 3670 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1670 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1470 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2320 mm


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