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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2004 Renault Megane

To start off, 2004 Renault Megane is newer by 30 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 1,461 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Renault Megane is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Renault Megane (105 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 52 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Renault Megane should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Renault Megane weights approximately 165 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, 2004 Renault Megane (127 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 31 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2004 Renault Megane will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2004 Renault Megane
Make Renault Renault
Model 12 Megane
Year Released 1974 2004
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1461 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 105 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 127 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1115 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4040 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2480 mm


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