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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1989 Toyota Model F

To start off, 1989 Toyota Model F is newer by 15 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 1,812 cc (4 cylinders), 1989 Toyota Model F is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Toyota Model F (79 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 26 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1989 Toyota Model F should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1989 Toyota Model F weights approximately 350 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 1989 Toyota Model F 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 1989 Toyota Model F. 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, 1989 Toyota Model F (140 Nm @ 3400 RPM) has 44 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1989 Toyota Model F will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1989 Toyota Model F
Make Renault Toyota
Model 12 Model F
Year Released 1974 1989
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1812 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 79 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 4800 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 140 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1300 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4290 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1680 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1820 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2240 mm


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