2003 Mercedes-Benz E vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2003 Mercedes-Benz E 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 Mercedes-Benz E is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Mercedes-Benz E (174 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 121 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2003 Mercedes-Benz E should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Mercedes-Benz E weights approximately 770 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 2003 Mercedes-Benz E 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 2003 Mercedes-Benz E. 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, 2003 Mercedes-Benz E (240 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 144 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2003 Mercedes-Benz E will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2003 Mercedes-Benz E 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. 2003 Mercedes-Benz E will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.
Compare all specifications:
|2003 Mercedes-Benz E||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1796 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||174 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||5500 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||240 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3000 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1720 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4860 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1830 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1500 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2860 mm||2450 mm|