1979 Mazda 121 vs. 2007 Renault Clio

To start off, 2007 Renault Clio is newer by 28 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1979 Mazda 121. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1979 Mazda 121 would be higher. At 1,970 cc (4 cylinders), 1979 Mazda 121 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Renault Clio (97 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 7 more horse power than 1979 Mazda 121. (90 HP @ 4800 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2007 Renault Clio should accelerate faster than 1979 Mazda 121. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1979 Mazda 121 weights approximately 169 kg more than 2007 Renault Clio.

Because 1979 Mazda 121 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 1979 Mazda 121. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2007 Renault Clio, 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, 1979 Mazda 121 (160 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 33 more torque (in Nm) than 2007 Renault Clio. (127 Nm @ 3750 RPM). This means 1979 Mazda 121 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2007 Renault Clio.

Compare all specifications:

1979 Mazda 121 2007 Renault Clio
Make Mazda Renault
Model 121 Clio
Year Released 1979 2007
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1970 cc 1390 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 90 HP 97 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 160 Nm 127 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3750 RPM
Engine Bore Size 80 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 98 mm 70 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.6:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1134 kg 965 kg
Vehicle Length 4510 mm 3780 mm
Vehicle Width 1690 mm 1420 mm
Vehicle Height 1350 mm 1950 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2480 mm


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