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1974 Renault 12 vs. 2013 Volvo XC90

To start off, 2013 Volvo XC90 is newer by 39 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 3,200 cc (6 cylinders), 2013 Volvo XC90 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2013 Volvo XC90 (237 HP @ 6400 RPM) has 184 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2013 Volvo XC90 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2013 Volvo XC90 weights approximately 1187 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.

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, 2013 Volvo XC90 (320 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 224 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2013 Volvo XC90 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1974 Renault 12 2013 Volvo XC90
Make Renault Volvo
Model 12 XC90
Year Released 1974 2013
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1289 cc 3200 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 53 HP 237 HP
Engine RPM 5250 RPM 6400 RPM
Torque 96 Nm 320 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed manual
Vehicle Weight 950 kg 2137 kg
Vehicle Length 4410 mm 4807 mm
Vehicle Width 1640 mm 1936 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1784 mm
Wheelbase Size 2450 mm 2857 mm


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