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1995 BMW S3 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1995 BMW S3 is newer by 21 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 2,497 cc (6 cylinders), 1995 BMW S3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1995 BMW S3 (338 HP @ 4800 RPM) has 285 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1995 BMW S3 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1995 BMW S3 weights approximately 775 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 1995 BMW S3 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 1995 BMW S3. 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, 1995 BMW S3 (260 Nm) has 164 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 1995 BMW S3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1995 BMW S3 1974 Renault 12
Make BMW Renault
Model S3 12
Year Released 1995 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2497 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 338 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4800 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 260 Nm 96 Nm
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1725 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4440 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1370 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2770 mm 2450 mm


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