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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
Make Renault Seat
Model 12 Leon
Year Released 1974 2009
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1982 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 197 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5100 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 280 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
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


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