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2006 BMW 530 vs. 1990 BMW 316

To start off, 2006 BMW 530 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 2,999 cc (6 cylinders), 2006 BMW 530 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 BMW 530 (255 HP @ 6600 RPM) has 155 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 BMW 530 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316.

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 BMW 530 (298 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 157 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2006 BMW 530 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

2006 BMW 530 1990 BMW 316
Model 530 316
Year Released 2006 1990
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2999 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 255 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 6600 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 298 Nm 141 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 4250 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 17.0:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4330 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2890 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


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