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1996 Ford Escort vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1996 Ford Escort is newer by 22 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 1,391 cc (4 cylinders), 1996 Ford Escort is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Ford Escort (74 HP) has 21 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP). In normal driving conditions, 1996 Ford Escort should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 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, 1996 Ford Escort (114 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 18 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1996 Ford Escort will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1996 Ford Escort 1974 Renault 12
Make Ford Renault
Model Escort 12
Year Released 1996 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1391 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 74 HP 53 HP
Torque 114 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1080 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4300 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1710 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1460 mm


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