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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

To start off, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette 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 7,000 cc (8 cylinders), 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette (505 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 452 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette weights approximately 490 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 Chevrolet Corvette 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 Chevrolet Corvette. 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 Chevrolet Corvette (637 Nm @ 4800 RPM) has 541 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Chevrolet Corvette will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Make Renault Chevrolet
Model 12 Corvette
Year Released 1974 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 7000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 53 HP 505 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 637 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 4800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 1440 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1928 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1237 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2685 mm


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