1983 Ferrari 400 vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 1983 Ferrari 400 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 4,823 cc (12 cylinders), 1983 Ferrari 400 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1983 Ferrari 400 (306 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 253 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1983 Ferrari 400 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1983 Ferrari 400 weights approximately 880 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 Ferrari 400 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 Ferrari 400. 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 Ferrari 400 (393 Nm) has 297 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 1983 Ferrari 400 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|1983 Ferrari 400||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||4823 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||12 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||306 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||6500 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||393 Nm||96 Nm|
|Vehicle Weight||1830 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4820 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1800 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1320 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2710 mm||2450 mm|