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2004 Jaguar XK vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2004 Jaguar XK 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 4,196 cc (8 cylinders), 2004 Jaguar XK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Jaguar XK (390 HP @ 6100 RPM) has 337 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Jaguar XK should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Jaguar XK weights approximately 808 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 2004 Jaguar XK 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 2004 Jaguar XK. 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, 2004 Jaguar XK (525 Nm) has 429 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm). This means 2004 Jaguar XK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Jaguar XK 1974 Renault 12
Make Jaguar Renault
Model XK 12
Year Released 2004 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4196 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 390 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6100 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 525 Nm 96 Nm
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Weight 1758 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4770 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1280 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2450 mm


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