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1958 Maserati 420M vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 16 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1958 Maserati 420M. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1958 Maserati 420M would be higher. At 4,190 cc (8 cylinders), 1958 Maserati 420M is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1958 Maserati 420M (405 HP @ 8000 RPM) has 352 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1958 Maserati 420M should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 190 kg more than 1958 Maserati 420M.

Because 1958 Maserati 420M 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 1958 Maserati 420M. 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:

1958 Maserati 420M 1974 Renault 12
Make Maserati Renault
Model 420M 12
Year Released 1958 1974
Engine Size 4190 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 405 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 8000 RPM 5250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 760 kg 950 kg
Wheelbase Size 2410 mm 2450 mm


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