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2000 Opel Meriva vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2000 Opel Meriva is newer by 26 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 1,597 cc (4 cylinders), 2000 Opel Meriva is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2000 Opel Meriva (101 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 48 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2000 Opel Meriva should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2000 Opel Meriva weights approximately 443 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, 2000 Opel Meriva (220 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 124 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2000 Opel Meriva will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2000 Opel Meriva 1974 Renault 12
Make Opel Renault
Model Meriva 12
Year Released 2000 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1597 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 101 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 220 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1393 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4050 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1630 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2640 mm 2450 mm


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