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|
|Engine Size||1289 cc||1993 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||53 HP||104 HP|
|Engine RPM||5250 RPM||5500 RPM|
|Torque||96 Nm||163 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3000 RPM||3250 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||950 kg||1135 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4410 mm||4470 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1640 mm||1710 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1460 mm||1410 mm|