1974 Renault 12 vs. 1996 Venturi 400
To start off, 1996 Venturi 400 is newer by 22 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 2,975 cc (6 cylinders), 1996 Venturi 400 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Venturi 400 (395 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 342 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1996 Venturi 400 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Venturi 400 weights approximately 200 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 1996 Venturi 400 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 1996 Venturi 400. 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, 1996 Venturi 400 (520 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 424 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1996 Venturi 400 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|1974 Renault 12||1996 Venturi 400|
|Engine Size||1289 cc||2975 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||6 cylinders|
|Horse Power||53 HP||395 HP|
|Engine RPM||5250 RPM||6000 RPM|
|Torque||96 Nm||520 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3000 RPM||4500 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||950 kg||1150 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4410 mm||4150 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1640 mm||2000 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1460 mm||1170 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2450 mm||2500 mm|