2002 BMW 318 vs. 2006 Nissan 350Z

To start off, 2006 Nissan 350Z is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 BMW 318. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 BMW 318 would be higher. At 3,498 cc (6 cylinders), 2006 Nissan 350Z is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Nissan 350Z (276 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 163 more horse power than 2002 BMW 318. (113 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2006 Nissan 350Z should accelerate faster than 2002 BMW 318. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Nissan 350Z weights approximately 228 kg more than 2002 BMW 318. 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, 2006 Nissan 350Z (364 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 189 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 BMW 318. (175 Nm @ 3750 RPM). This means 2006 Nissan 350Z will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 BMW 318.

Compare all specifications:

2002 BMW 318 2006 Nissan 350Z
Make BMW Nissan
Model 318 350Z
Year Released 2002 2006
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1796 cc 3498 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 113 HP 276 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 175 Nm 364 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 4800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 95.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 81 mm 81.4 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1302 kg 1530 kg
Vehicle Length 4270 mm 4320 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1820 mm
Vehicle Height 1410 mm 1320 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2660 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 67 L 80 L


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