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2005 Mercedes-Benz R vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz R 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 4,966 cc (8 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz R is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz R (302 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 249 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz R should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz R weights approximately 1290 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 Mercedes-Benz R 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 Mercedes-Benz R 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 Mercedes-Benz R (461 Nm @ 2700 RPM) has 365 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz R will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2005 Mercedes-Benz R 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 Mercedes-Benz R will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mercedes-Benz R 1974 Renault 12
Make Mercedes-Benz Renault
Model R 12
Year Released 2005 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4966 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 302 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4200 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 461 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2700 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 2240 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 5160 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1930 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1660 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2860 mm 2450 mm


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