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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1982 Vauxhall Astra

To start off, 1982 Vauxhall Astra is newer by 8 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 1,596 cc (4 cylinders), 1982 Vauxhall Astra is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1982 Vauxhall Astra (89 HP @ 5800 RPM) has 36 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1982 Vauxhall Astra should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 65 kg more than 1982 Vauxhall Astra.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 1982 Vauxhall Astra (126 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 30 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1982 Vauxhall Astra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1982 Vauxhall Astra
Make Renault Vauxhall
Model 12 Astra
Year Released 1974 1982
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1596 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 89 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5800 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 126 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 885 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4010 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1650 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2520 mm


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