1996 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 1996 Mercedes-Benz E 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 4,266 cc (8 cylinders), 1996 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1996 Mercedes-Benz E (275 HP @ 5750 RPM) has 222 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1996 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1996 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 1102 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 1996 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 1996 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, 1996 Mercedes-Benz E (400 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 304 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1996 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 1996 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. 1996 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.
Compare all specifications:
|1996 Mercedes-Benz E||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||4266 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||8 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||275 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||5750 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||400 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3000 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||2052 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4800 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1810 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1450 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2720 mm||2450 mm|