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1993 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1993 Mercedes-Benz E is newer by 19 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 3,606 cc (6 cylinders), 1993 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1993 Mercedes-Benz E (268 HP @ 5750 RPM) has 215 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1993 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1993 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 590 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 1993 Mercedes-Benz E 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 1993 Mercedes-Benz E. 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, 1993 Mercedes-Benz E (385 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 289 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1993 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1993 Mercedes-Benz E has automatic transmission and 1974 Renault 12 has manual transmission. 1974 Renault 12 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1993 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1993 Mercedes-Benz E 1974 Renault 12
Make Mercedes-Benz Renault
Model E 12
Year Released 1993 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3606 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 268 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5750 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 385 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1540 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4660 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2720 mm 2450 mm


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