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2005 Audi A4 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2005 Audi A4 is newer by 31 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 2,983 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Audi A4 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Audi A4 (220 HP @ 6300 RPM) has 167 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Audi A4 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Audi A4 weights approximately 695 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 2005 Audi A4 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1974 Renault 12. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 Audi A4 will offer significantly more control. 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, 2005 Audi A4 (300 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 204 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Audi A4 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2005 Audi A4 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. 2005 Audi A4 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Audi A4 1974 Renault 12
Make Audi Renault
Model A4 12
Year Released 2005 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2983 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 220 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 300 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3200 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1645 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4550 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2450 mm


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