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1965 Maserati Mistral vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 9 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1965 Maserati Mistral. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1965 Maserati Mistral would be higher. At 3,484 cc (6 cylinders), 1965 Maserati Mistral is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1965 Maserati Mistral (232 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 179 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1965 Maserati Mistral should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1965 Maserati Mistral weights approximately 290 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.

Because 1965 Maserati Mistral 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 1965 Maserati Mistral. 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. Let's talk about torque, 1965 Maserati Mistral (325 Nm) has 229 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 1965 Maserati Mistral will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1965 Maserati Mistral 1974 Renault 12
Make Maserati Renault
Model Mistral 12
Year Released 1965 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3484 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 232 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 325 Nm 96 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1240 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4500 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1630 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1310 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2410 mm 2450 mm


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