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1974 Renault 12 vs. 1998 Rover 75

To start off, 1998 Rover 75 is newer by 24 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 1,950 cc (6 cylinders), 1998 Rover 75 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Rover 75 (150 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 97 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Rover 75 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Rover 75 weights approximately 500 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, 1998 Rover 75 (185 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 89 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1998 Rover 75 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1998 Rover 75 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. 1998 Rover 75 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 1998 Rover 75
Make Renault Rover
Model 12 75
Year Released 1974 1998
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1950 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 150 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 185 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1450 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4750 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2750 mm


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