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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
Make Maserati Renault
Model Merak 12
Year Released 1976 1974
Engine Size 1999 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 157 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 7100 RPM 5250 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
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


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