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1956 Citroen DS vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 18 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1956 Citroen DS. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1956 Citroen DS would be higher. At 1,909 cc (4 cylinders), 1956 Citroen DS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1956 Citroen DS (74 HP @ 4500 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1956 Citroen DS should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1956 Citroen DS weights approximately 190 kg more than 1974 Renault 12. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear 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, 1956 Citroen DS (137 Nm) has 41 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 1956 Citroen DS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1956 Citroen DS 1974 Renault 12
Make Citroen Renault
Model DS 12
Year Released 1956 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1909 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 74 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 137 Nm 96 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1140 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4810 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1530 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 3130 mm 2450 mm


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