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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
Make Ferrari Renault
Model 400 12
Year Released 1983 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4823 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 12 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 306 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 393 Nm 96 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
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


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