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2001 Land Rover Discovery vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2001 Land Rover Discovery 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 3,950 cc (8 cylinders), 2001 Land Rover Discovery is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Land Rover Discovery (181 HP @ 4750 RPM) has 128 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2001 Land Rover Discovery should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Land Rover Discovery weights approximately 1070 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 2001 Land Rover Discovery 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, 2001 Land Rover Discovery 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, 2001 Land Rover Discovery (341 Nm @ 2600 RPM) has 245 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2001 Land Rover Discovery will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2001 Land Rover Discovery 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. 2001 Land Rover Discovery will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Land Rover Discovery 1974 Renault 12
Make Land Rover Renault
Model Discovery 12
Year Released 2001 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3950 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 181 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4750 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 341 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2600 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 2020 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4710 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1950 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2450 mm


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