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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1986 Renault 18

To start off, 1986 Renault 18 is newer by 12 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 1,993 cc (4 cylinders), 1986 Renault 18 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1986 Renault 18 (104 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 51 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1986 Renault 18 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1986 Renault 18 weights approximately 185 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, 1986 Renault 18 (163 Nm @ 3250 RPM) has 67 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1986 Renault 18 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1986 Renault 18
Make Renault Renault
Model 12 18
Year Released 1974 1986
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1993 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 104 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 163 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1135 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4470 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1410 mm


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