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1997 Opel Frontera vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 1997 Opel Frontera is newer by 23 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 2,197 cc (4 cylinders), 1997 Opel Frontera is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Opel Frontera (134 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 81 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1997 Opel Frontera should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1997 Opel Frontera weights approximately 689 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 1997 Opel Frontera is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1974 Renault 12. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1997 Opel Frontera will offer significantly more control. 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, 1997 Opel Frontera (203 Nm @ 2600 RPM) has 107 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 1997 Opel Frontera will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

1997 Opel Frontera 1974 Renault 12
Make Opel Renault
Model Frontera 12
Year Released 1997 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2197 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 134 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 203 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2600 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1639 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4700 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1760 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2450 mm


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