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2009 BMW 525 vs. 1990 BMW 316

To start off, 2009 BMW 525 is newer by 19 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 2,497 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 BMW 525 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 BMW 525 (215 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 115 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP @ 5500 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 BMW 525 should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 BMW 525 weights approximately 305 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.

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, 2009 BMW 525 (250 Nm @ 2900 RPM) has 109 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm @ 4250 RPM). This means 2009 BMW 525 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316.

Compare all specifications:

2009 BMW 525 1990 BMW 316
Model 525 316
Year Released 2009 1990
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2497 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 215 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 250 Nm 141 Nm
Torque RPM 2900 RPM 4250 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 11.0:1 9.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1385 kg 1080 kg
Vehicle Length 4850 mm 4330 mm
Vehicle Width 1470 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1850 mm 1390 mm
Wheelbase Size 2890 mm 2580 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 70 L


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