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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2011 Volkswagen GTI

To start off, 2011 Volkswagen GTI 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 2,000 cc (4 cylinders), 2011 Volkswagen GTI is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2011 Volkswagen GTI (200 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 147 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2011 Volkswagen GTI should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12.

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 Volkswagen GTI (280 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 184 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2011 Volkswagen GTI will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2011 Volkswagen GTI
Make Renault Volkswagen
Model 12 GTI
Year Released 1974 2011
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 200 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 Length 4410 mm 4211 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1778 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1468 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2578 mm


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