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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1955 Renault Fregate

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 19 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Renault Fregate. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Renault Fregate would be higher. At 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 1955 Renault Fregate is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1955 Renault Fregate weights approximately 320 kg more than 1974 Renault 12.

Because 1955 Renault Fregate 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 1955 Renault Fregate. 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 1955 Renault Fregate
Make Renault Renault
Model 12 Fregate
Year Released 1974 1955
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1270 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4710 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1540 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2810 mm


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