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2008 BMW M3 vs. 1952 Jaguar XK

To start off, 2008 BMW M3 is newer by 56 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1952 Jaguar XK. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1952 Jaguar XK would be higher. At 3,441 cc (6 cylinders), 1952 Jaguar XK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 BMW M3 (339 HP @ 4900 RPM) has 181 more horse power than 1952 Jaguar XK. (158 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 BMW M3 should accelerate faster than 1952 Jaguar XK. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 BMW M3 weights approximately 275 kg more than 1952 Jaguar XK. 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, 2008 BMW M3 (365 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 75 more torque (in Nm) than 1952 Jaguar XK. (290 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 2008 BMW M3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1952 Jaguar XK.

Compare all specifications:

2008 BMW M3 1952 Jaguar XK
Make BMW Jaguar
Model M3 XK
Year Released 2008 1952
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3246 cc 3441 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 339 HP 158 HP
Engine RPM 4900 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 365 Nm 290 Nm
Torque RPM 4900 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Top Speed 250 km/hour 201 km/hour
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 4 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1570 kg 1295 kg
Vehicle Length 4500 mm 4430 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1570 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2740 mm 2600 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 63 L


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