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1988 Porsche 928 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1988 Porsche 928 is newer by 14 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 4,664 cc (8 cylinders), 1988 Porsche 928 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1988 Porsche 928 (307 HP @ 5900 RPM) has 254 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1988 Porsche 928 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1988 Porsche 928 weights approximately 580 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 1988 Porsche 928 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 1988 Porsche 928. 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, 1988 Porsche 928 (408 Nm @ 4100 RPM) has 312 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1988 Porsche 928 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1988 Porsche 928 1974 Renault 12
Make Porsche Renault
Model 928 12
Year Released 1988 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4664 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 307 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5900 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 408 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 4100 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 1530 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4450 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2510 mm 2450 mm


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