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2007 Acura RL vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2007 Acura RL is newer by 33 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 3,471 cc (6 cylinders), 2007 Acura RL is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Acura RL (290 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 237 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2007 Acura RL should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2007 Acura RL weights approximately 625 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 2007 Acura RL 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, 2007 Acura RL 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, 2007 Acura RL (347 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 251 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2007 Acura RL will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2007 Acura RL 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. 2007 Acura RL will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2007 Acura RL 1974 Renault 12
Make Acura Renault
Model RL 12
Year Released 2007 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3471 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 290 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 347 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 1575 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4920 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1850 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2810 mm 2450 mm


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