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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2008 Scion tC

To start off, 2008 Scion tC is newer by 34 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 2,399 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Scion tC is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Scion tC (161 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 108 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Scion tC should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Scion tC weights approximately 380 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, 2008 Scion tC (221 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 125 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Scion tC will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2008 Scion tC
Make Renault Scion
Model 12 tC
Year Released 1974 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2399 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 161 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 221 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1330 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4430 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2710 mm


 

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