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1970 Ford Capri vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1970 Ford Capri. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Ford Capri would be higher. At 2,994 cc (6 cylinders), 1970 Ford Capri is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1970 Ford Capri (138 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 85 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1970 Ford Capri should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1970 Ford Capri weights approximately 153 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 1970 Ford Capri 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 1970 Ford Capri. 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, 1970 Ford Capri (236 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 140 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1970 Ford Capri will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1970 Ford Capri 1974 Renault 12
Make Ford Renault
Model Capri 12
Year Released 1970 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2994 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 138 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 236 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1103 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2570 mm 2450 mm


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