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1970 Pontiac Bonneville 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 Pontiac Bonneville. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Pontiac Bonneville would be higher. At 7,460 cc (8 cylinders), 1970 Pontiac Bonneville is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1970 Pontiac Bonneville (185 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 132 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1970 Pontiac Bonneville should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1970 Pontiac Bonneville weights approximately 1040 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 Pontiac Bonneville 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 Pontiac Bonneville. 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 Pontiac Bonneville (484 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 388 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1970 Pontiac Bonneville will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1970 Pontiac Bonneville has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1970 Pontiac Bonneville will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1970 Pontiac Bonneville 1974 Renault 12
Make Pontiac Renault
Model Bonneville 12
Year Released 1970 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 7460 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 185 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 484 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1990 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 5740 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 2030 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 3210 mm 2450 mm


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