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1989 Ford Meteor vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1989 Ford Meteor is newer by 15 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), 1989 Ford Meteor is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1989 Ford Meteor (71 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 18 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1989 Ford Meteor should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12.

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, 1989 Ford Meteor (121 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 25 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1989 Ford Meteor will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1989 Ford Meteor 1974 Renault 12
Make Ford Renault
Model Meteor 12
Year Released 1989 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 71 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 121 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Length 4200 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2410 mm 2450 mm


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