2002 BMW 332 vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2002 BMW 332 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 3,201 cc (6 cylinders), 2002 BMW 332 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 BMW 332 (338 HP @ 7900 RPM) has 285 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2002 BMW 332 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 BMW 332 weights approximately 705 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 BMW 332 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2002 BMW 332. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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 BMW 332 (330 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 234 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2002 BMW 332 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2002 BMW 332||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||3201 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||6 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||338 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||7900 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||330 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||4900 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1655 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4440 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1760 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1380 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2720 mm||2450 mm|