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2008 BMW 320 vs. 1988 Citroen BX

To start off, 2008 BMW 320 is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Citroen BX. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Citroen BX would be higher. At 2,171 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 BMW 320 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 BMW 320 (168 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 78 more horse power than 1988 Citroen BX. (90 HP @ 4300 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 BMW 320 should accelerate faster than 1988 Citroen BX. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 BMW 320 weights approximately 408 kg more than 1988 Citroen BX. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2008 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 2008 BMW 320. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1988 Citroen BX, 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, 2008 BMW 320 (210 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 29 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Citroen BX. (181 Nm @ 2100 RPM). This means 2008 BMW 320 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Citroen BX.

Compare all specifications:

2008 BMW 320 1988 Citroen BX
Make BMW Citroen
Model 320 BX
Year Released 2008 1988
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2171 cc 1749 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 168 HP 90 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 4300 RPM
Torque 210 Nm 181 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 2100 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 80 mm
Engine Stroke Size 72 mm 88 mm
Top Speed 226 km/hour 174 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 8.3 seconds 11.5 seconds
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1470 kg 1062 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4400 mm
Vehicle Width 1760 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2730 mm 2660 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 66 L


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