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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1977 Datsun 280Z

To start off, 1977 Datsun 280Z is newer by 3 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 2,753 cc (6 cylinders), 1977 Datsun 280Z is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1977 Datsun 280Z (150 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 97 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1977 Datsun 280Z should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1977 Datsun 280Z weights approximately 354 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 1977 Datsun 280Z 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 1977 Datsun 280Z. 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, 1977 Datsun 280Z (221 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 125 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1977 Datsun 280Z will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1977 Datsun 280Z
Make Renault Datsun
Model 12 280Z
Year Released 1974 1977
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2753 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 150 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 221 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1304 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4399 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1631 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2304 mm


 

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