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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1943 Simca 8

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 31 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1943 Simca 8. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1943 Simca 8 would be higher. At 1,289 cc (4 cylinders), 1974 Renault 12 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1974 Renault 12 (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) has 20 more horse power than 1943 Simca 8. (33 HP @ 4200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12 should accelerate faster than 1943 Simca 8. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 30 kg more than 1943 Simca 8. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1943 Simca 8 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 1943 Simca 8. 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:

1974 Renault 12 1943 Simca 8
Make Renault Simca
Model 12 8
Year Released 1974 1943
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1090 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 33 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 4200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 920 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4030 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1490 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1540 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2430 mm


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