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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1976 Volvo 260

To start off, 1976 Volvo 260 is newer by 2 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 2,664 cc (6 cylinders), 1976 Volvo 260 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1976 Volvo 260 (148 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 95 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1976 Volvo 260 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Volvo 260 weights approximately 400 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 1976 Volvo 260 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 1976 Volvo 260. 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, 1976 Volvo 260 (218 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 122 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1976 Volvo 260 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1976 Volvo 260
Make Renault Volvo
Model 12 260
Year Released 1974 1976
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2664 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 218 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1350 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4890 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1720 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2660 mm


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