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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1955 Rover P4

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 19 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Rover P4. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Rover P4 would be higher. At 2,102 cc (6 cylinders), 1955 Rover P4 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1955 Rover P4 (74 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 21 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1955 Rover P4 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1955 Rover P4 weights approximately 440 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 1955 Rover P4 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 Rover P4. 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, 1955 Rover P4 (150 Nm) has 54 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 1955 Rover P4 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1955 Rover P4
Make Renault Rover
Model 12 P4
Year Released 1974 1955
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2102 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 74 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 150 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1390 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4590 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1670 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1620 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2830 mm


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