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2006 Acura RSX vs. 1990 BMW 316

To start off, 2006 Acura RSX is newer by 16 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 1,999 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 Acura RSX is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 Acura RSX (155 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 55 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 Acura RSX should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 Acura RSX weights approximately 194 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.

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, 2006 Acura RSX, 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, 2006 Acura RSX (188 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 47 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2006 Acura RSX will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Acura RSX 1990 BMW 316
Make Acura BMW
Model RSX 316
Year Released 2006 1990
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1999 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 155 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 188 Nm 141 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4250 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.8:1 9.0:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1274 kg 1080 kg
Vehicle Length 4380 mm 4330 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L 70 L


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