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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1975 Triumph Spitfire

To start off, 1975 Triumph Spitfire is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1974 Renault 12. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1974 Renault 12 would be higher. At 1,493 cc (4 cylinders), 1975 Triumph Spitfire is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1975 Triumph Spitfire (71 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 18 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1975 Triumph Spitfire should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 135 kg more than 1975 Triumph Spitfire.

Because 1975 Triumph Spitfire 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 1975 Triumph Spitfire. 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, 1975 Triumph Spitfire (111 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 15 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1975 Triumph Spitfire will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1975 Triumph Spitfire
Make Renault Triumph
Model 12 Spitfire
Year Released 1974 1975
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1493 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 71 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 111 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 815 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 3740 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1450 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1210 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2110 mm


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