2001 Honda Civic vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2001 Honda Civic is newer by 27 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 1,672 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Honda Civic is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Honda Civic (118 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 65 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2001 Honda Civic should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Honda Civic 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, 2001 Honda Civic (153 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 57 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2001 Honda Civic will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2001 Honda Civic||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1672 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||118 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||6300 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||153 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||4500 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1080 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4440 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1700 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1410 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2580 mm||2450 mm|