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1985 Ford Escort vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1985 Ford Escort is newer by 11 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 1,597 cc (4 cylinders), 1985 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1985 Ford Escort (132 HP @ 5750 RPM) has 79 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1985 Ford Escort should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1985 Ford Escort weights approximately 130 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.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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, 1985 Ford Escort (180 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 84 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1985 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1985 Ford Escort 1974 Renault 12
Make Ford Renault
Model Escort 12
Year Released 1985 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1597 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 132 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 180 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4070 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1360 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2410 mm 2450 mm


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