2007 Honda Civic vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2007 Honda Civic 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 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 2007 Honda Civic is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Honda Civic (197 HP @ 7800 RPM) has 144 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2007 Honda Civic should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12.
Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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 Honda Civic (188 Nm @ 6100 RPM) has 92 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2007 Honda Civic will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2007 Honda Civic||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1997 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||197 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||7800 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||188 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||6100 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Length||4450 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1760 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1370 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2660 mm||2450 mm|