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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2012 BMW 335

To start off, 2012 BMW 335 is newer by 38 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 2,979 cc (6 cylinders), 2012 BMW 335 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 BMW 335 (320 HP @ 5900 RPM) has 267 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 BMW 335 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 BMW 335 weights approximately 865 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 2012 BMW 335 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 2012 BMW 335. 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, 2012 BMW 335 (450 Nm @ 1500 RPM) has 354 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 BMW 335 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2012 BMW 335
Make Renault BMW
Model 12 335
Year Released 1974 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 2979 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 320 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 5900 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 450 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1815 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4624 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1783 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1372 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2810 mm


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