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2004 Opel Omega vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2004 Opel Omega 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 2,198 cc (4 cylinders), 2004 Opel Omega is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Opel Omega (142 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 89 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 Opel Omega should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Opel Omega weights approximately 715 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 Opel Omega 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 Opel Omega. 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 Opel Omega (209 Nm @ 4000 RPM) has 113 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2004 Opel Omega will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Opel Omega 1974 Renault 12
Make Opel Renault
Model Omega 12
Year Released 2004 1974
Engine Position Middle Front
Engine Size 2198 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 142 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5400 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 209 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1665 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4900 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1510 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2740 mm 2450 mm


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