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2006 BMW 320 vs. 1986 Ford Escort

To start off, 2006 BMW 320 is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1986 Ford Escort. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1986 Ford Escort would be higher. At 1,994 cc (4 cylinders), 2006 BMW 320 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 BMW 320 (148 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 89 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 BMW 320 should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2006 BMW 320 weights approximately 670 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2006 BMW 320 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 2006 BMW 320. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, 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 BMW 320 (330 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 220 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2006 BMW 320 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

2006 BMW 320 1986 Ford Escort
Make BMW Ford
Model 320 Escort
Year Released 2006 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1994 cc 1751 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 148 HP 59 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 330 Nm 110 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 2500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 82.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 82 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 17.0:1 21.5:1
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Top Speed 216 km/hour 151 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1580 kg 910 kg
Vehicle Length 4480 mm 4090 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1380 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 45 L


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