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2003 Holden Astra vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2003 Holden Astra is newer by 29 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 1,796 cc (4 cylinders), 2003 Holden Astra is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Holden Astra (120 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 67 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Holden Astra should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Holden Astra weights approximately 200 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, 2003 Holden Astra (165 Nm @ 3600 RPM) has 69 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2003 Holden Astra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Holden Astra 1974 Renault 12
Make Holden Renault
Model Astra 12
Year Released 2003 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1796 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 120 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 165 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3600 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1150 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4260 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1720 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2450 mm


 

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