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|
|Engine Size||1909 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||74 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||4500 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||137 Nm||96 Nm|
|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|