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2012 BMW X3 vs. 2012 BMW Z4

To start off, both 2012 BMW X3 and 2012 BMW Z4 were released in the same year (2012). Therefore the support and the availability on parts for both vehicles should be relatively similar. At 2,993 cc (6 cylinders), 2012 BMW X3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 BMW X3 (256 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 12 more horse power than 2012 BMW Z4. (244 HP @ 5000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2012 BMW X3 should accelerate faster than 2012 BMW Z4. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 BMW X3 weights approximately 385 kg more than 2012 BMW Z4. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2012 BMW X3 is all wheel drive (AWD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2012 BMW Z4. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 BMW X3 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, 2012 BMW X3 (560 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 210 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 BMW Z4. (350 Nm @ 1500 RPM). This means 2012 BMW X3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 BMW Z4.

Compare all specifications:

2012 BMW X3 2012 BMW Z4
Model X3 Z4
Year Released 2012 2012
Body Type SUV Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2993 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 256 HP 244 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 560 Nm 350 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 1500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 90 mm 90.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 84 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Top Speed 209 km/hour 250 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 6.2 seconds 5.7 seconds
Drive Type AWD Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1875 kg 1490 kg
Vehicle Length 4648 mm 4239 mm
Vehicle Width 1881 mm 1791 mm
Vehicle Height 1675 mm 1290 mm
Wheelbase Size 2810 mm 2497 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 5.6 L/100km 5.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 6.8 L/100km 9.1 L/100km
Fuel Consumption Overall 6 L/100km 6.8 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 67 L 55 L


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