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1972 Ford Cortina vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 2 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1972 Ford Cortina. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1972 Ford Cortina would be higher. At 1,298 cc (4 cylinders), 1972 Ford Cortina is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1972 Ford Cortina (56 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 3 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1972 Ford Cortina should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1972 Ford Cortina weights approximately 94 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 1972 Ford Cortina 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 1972 Ford Cortina. 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, 1974 Renault 12 (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 5 more torque (in Nm) than 1972 Ford Cortina. (91 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1974 Renault 12 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1972 Ford Cortina.

Compare all specifications:

1972 Ford Cortina 1974 Renault 12
Make Ford Renault
Model Cortina 12
Year Released 1972 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1298 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 56 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 91 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1044 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4280 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2450 mm


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