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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2011 Jaguar XK

To start off, 2011 Jaguar XK 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 5,000 cc (8 cylinders), 2011 Jaguar XK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Jaguar XK (510 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 457 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Jaguar XK should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2011 Jaguar XK weights approximately 850 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 2011 Jaguar XK is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2011 Jaguar XK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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 Jaguar XK (624 Nm @ 2500 RPM) has 528 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2011 Jaguar XK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2011 Jaguar XK 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. 2011 Jaguar XK will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2011 Jaguar XK
Make Renault Jaguar
Model 12 XK
Year Released 1974 2011
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 5000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 510 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 624 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 2500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1800 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4793 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1892 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1321 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2751 mm


 

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