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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2011 Citroen C3

To start off, 2011 Citroen C3 is newer by 37 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 1,397 cc (4 cylinders), 2011 Citroen C3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Citroen C3 (94 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 41 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Citroen C3 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Citroen C3 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, 2011 Citroen C3 (136 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 40 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2011 Citroen C3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2011 Citroen C3
Make Renault Citroen
Model 12 C3
Year Released 1974 2011
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1397 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 94 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 136 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1334 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4080 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1770 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1640 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2550 mm


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