1976 Maserati Merak vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 1976 Maserati Merak is newer by 2 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 1,999 cc (6 cylinders), 1976 Maserati Merak is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1976 Maserati Merak (157 HP @ 7100 RPM) has 104 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1976 Maserati Merak should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Maserati Merak weights approximately 400 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 1976 Maserati Merak 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 1976 Maserati Merak. 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.
Compare all specifications:
|1976 Maserati Merak||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1999 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||6 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||157 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||7100 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1350 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4340 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1770 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1140 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2610 mm||2450 mm|