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2008 Acura RL vs. 1990 BMW 316

To start off, 2008 Acura RL is newer by 18 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 3,471 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Acura RL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Acura RL (290 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 190 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Acura RL should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Acura RL 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 2008 Acura RL is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1990 BMW 316. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Acura RL will offer significantly more control. 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, 2008 Acura RL (347 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 206 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2008 Acura RL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 2008 Acura RL has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Acura RL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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2008 Acura RL 1990 BMW 316
Make Acura BMW
Model RL 316
Year Released 2008 1990
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3471 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 290 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 347 Nm 141 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 4250 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 11.0:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1274 kg 1080 kg
Vehicle Length 4920 mm 4330 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2810 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 73 L 70 L


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