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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle

To start off, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 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 2,480 cc (5 cylinders), 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle (150 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 97 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle weights approximately 400 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 Volkswagen New Beetle (231 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 135 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle 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 Volkswagen New Beetle will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
Make Renault Volkswagen
Model 12 New Beetle
Year Released 1974 2008
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2480 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 150 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 231 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1350 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4100 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2520 mm


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