2002 Audi A8 vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2002 Audi A8 is newer by 28 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 3,936 cc (8 cylinders), 2002 Audi A8 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Audi A8 (271 HP @ 3750 RPM) has 218 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 Audi A8 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Audi A8 weights approximately 990 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 2002 Audi A8 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, 2002 Audi A8 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, 2002 Audi A8 (225 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 129 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2002 Audi A8 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2002 Audi A8 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. 2002 Audi A8 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.
Compare all specifications:
|2002 Audi A8||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||3936 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||8 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||271 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||3750 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||225 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||1800 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1940 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||5060 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1900 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1450 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2950 mm||2450 mm|