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1952 Porsche 356 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 22 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1952 Porsche 356. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1952 Porsche 356 would be higher. At 1,488 cc (4 cylinders), 1952 Porsche 356 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1952 Porsche 356 (59 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 6 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1952 Porsche 356 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 135 kg more than 1952 Porsche 356.

Because 1952 Porsche 356 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 1952 Porsche 356. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, 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.

Compare all specifications:

1952 Porsche 356 1974 Renault 12
Make Porsche Renault
Model 356 12
Year Released 1952 1974
Engine Position Rear Front
Engine Size 1488 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 815 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 3870 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1640 mm
Wheelbase Size 2110 mm 2450 mm


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