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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1984 Ford Telstar

To start off, 1984 Ford Telstar is newer by 10 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 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 1984 Ford Telstar is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1984 Ford Telstar (94 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 41 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1984 Ford Telstar should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1984 Ford Telstar weights approximately 82 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.

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, 1984 Ford Telstar (158 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 62 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1984 Ford Telstar will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1984 Ford Telstar has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1984 Ford Telstar will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1984 Ford Telstar
Make Renault Ford
Model 12 Telstar
Year Released 1974 1984
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1998 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 94 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 158 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1032 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4390 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2520 mm


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