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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2012 Opel Insignia

To start off, 2012 Opel Insignia 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 1,796 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Opel Insignia is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Opel Insignia (138 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 85 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Opel Insignia 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, 2012 Opel Insignia (175 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 79 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2012 Opel Insignia will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2012 Opel Insignia 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. 2012 Opel Insignia will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2012 Opel Insignia
Make Renault Opel
Model 12 Insignia
Year Released 1974 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 1796 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6300 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 175 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3800 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4830 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1856 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1498 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2737 mm


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