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2008 BMW 320 vs. 1987 BMW 730

To start off, 2008 BMW 320 is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1987 BMW 730. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1987 BMW 730 would be higher. At 2,986 cc (6 cylinders), 1987 BMW 730 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1987 BMW 730 (181 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 13 more horse power than 2008 BMW 320. (168 HP @ 6100 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1987 BMW 730 should accelerate faster than 2008 BMW 320. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1987 BMW 730 weights approximately 132 kg more than 2008 BMW 320. 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, 1987 BMW 730 (260 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 50 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 BMW 320. (210 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 1987 BMW 730 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 BMW 320.

Compare all specifications:

2008 BMW 320 1987 BMW 730
Model 320 730
Year Released 2008 1987
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2171 cc 2986 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 168 HP 181 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 210 Nm 260 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 89 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72 mm 80 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.8:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1470 kg 1602 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4920 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1850 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2840 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 90 L


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