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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1971 Volvo 140

To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Volvo 140. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Volvo 140 would be higher. At 1,985 cc (4 cylinders), 1971 Volvo 140 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1971 Volvo 140 (81 HP @ 4700 RPM) has 28 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1971 Volvo 140 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1971 Volvo 140 weights approximately 310 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 1971 Volvo 140 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 1971 Volvo 140. 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, 1971 Volvo 140 (157 Nm @ 2300 RPM) has 61 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1971 Volvo 140 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1971 Volvo 140
Make Renault Volvo
Model 12 140
Year Released 1974 1971
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1985 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 81 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 4700 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 157 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2300 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1260 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4650 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2610 mm


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