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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2008 Subaru Outback

To start off, 2008 Subaru Outback 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 2,457 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Subaru Outback is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Subaru Outback (170 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 117 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Outback should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Subaru Outback weights approximately 435 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 2008 Subaru Outback is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1974 Renault 12. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Subaru Outback will offer significantly more control. 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 Subaru Outback (231 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 135 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Subaru Outback will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2008 Subaru Outback 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. 2008 Subaru Outback will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2008 Subaru Outback
Make Renault Subaru
Model 12 Outback
Year Released 1974 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2457 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line boxer
Horse Power 53 HP 170 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 231 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4400 RPM
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1385 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4810 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1780 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1610 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2680 mm


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