1974 Renault 12 vs. 2009 Seat Leon
To start off, 2009 Seat Leon is newer by 35 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 1,982 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Seat Leon is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Seat Leon (197 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 144 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Seat Leon should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Seat Leon weights approximately 384 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, 2009 Seat Leon (280 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 184 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 Seat Leon will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|1974 Renault 12||2009 Seat Leon|
|Engine Size||1289 cc||1982 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||53 HP||197 HP|
|Engine RPM||5250 RPM||5100 RPM|
|Torque||96 Nm||280 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3000 RPM||1800 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||950 kg||1334 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4410 mm||4330 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1640 mm||1770 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1460 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2450 mm||2580 mm|