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2005 Mercedes-Benz S vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2005 Mercedes-Benz S 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 3,723 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Mercedes-Benz S (242 HP @ 3000 RPM) has 189 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 965 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 S 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 2005 Mercedes-Benz S. 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, 2005 Mercedes-Benz S (350 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 254 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2005 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2005 Mercedes-Benz S 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 S will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Mercedes-Benz S 1974 Renault 12
Make Mercedes-Benz Renault
Model S 12
Year Released 2005 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3723 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 242 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 3000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 350 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1915 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 5050 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2840 mm 2450 mm


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