2004 Buick Century vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2004 Buick Century is newer by 30 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 3,134 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Buick Century is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Buick Century (176 HP @ 5200 RPM) has 123 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Buick Century should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Buick Century weights approximately 570 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, 2004 Buick Century (264 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 168 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2004 Buick Century will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2004 Buick Century 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. 2004 Buick Century will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.
Compare all specifications:
|2004 Buick Century||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||3134 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||6 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||176 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||5200 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||264 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||4000 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1520 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4950 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1850 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1440 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2780 mm||2450 mm|