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2001 Mercury Cougar vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2001 Mercury Cougar 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 2,543 cc (6 cylinders), 2001 Mercury Cougar is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Mercury Cougar (196 HP @ 6750 RPM) has 143 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2001 Mercury Cougar should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Mercury Cougar weights approximately 457 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 Mercury Cougar (228 Nm @ 5500 RPM) has 132 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2001 Mercury Cougar will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Mercury Cougar 1974 Renault 12
Make Mercury Renault
Model Cougar 12
Year Released 2001 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2543 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 196 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6750 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 228 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 5500 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1407 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4710 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2450 mm


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