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1983 De Tomaso Longchamp vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp is newer by 9 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 5,763 cc (8 cylinders), 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp (297 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 244 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp weights approximately 750 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 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp 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 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp. 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. Let's talk about torque, 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp (450 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 354 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp 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. 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

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1983 De Tomaso Longchamp 1974 Renault 12
Make De Tomaso Renault
Model Longchamp 12
Year Released 1983 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 5763 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 297 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 450 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1700 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4540 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1300 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2450 mm


 

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