2001 Opel Signum vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2001 Opel Signum 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 2,171 cc (4 cylinders), 2001 Opel Signum is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2001 Opel Signum (125 HP @ 3250 RPM) has 72 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2001 Opel Signum should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2001 Opel Signum weights approximately 660 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 Opel Signum (280 Nm @ 1500 RPM) has 184 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2001 Opel Signum will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2001 Opel Signum||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||2171 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||125 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||3250 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||280 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||1500 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1610 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4640 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1800 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1470 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2840 mm||2450 mm|