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2006 BMW 525 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2006 BMW 525 is newer by 32 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 2,999 cc, 2006 BMW 525 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2006 BMW 525 (215 HP @ 6250 RPM) has 162 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2006 BMW 525 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12.

Because 2006 BMW 525 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 2006 BMW 525. 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, 2006 BMW 525 (251 Nm @ 2750 RPM) has 155 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2006 BMW 525 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2006 BMW 525 1974 Renault 12
Make BMW Renault
Model 525 12
Year Released 2006 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2999 cc 1289 cc
Horse Power 215 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6250 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 251 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2750 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Vehicle Length 4860 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2890 mm 2450 mm


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