2007 Opel Astra vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2007 Opel Astra 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 1,998 cc (4 cylinders), 2007 Opel Astra is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2007 Opel Astra (197 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 144 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2007 Opel Astra should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2007 Opel Astra weights approximately 435 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.
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 Opel Astra (262 Nm @ 4200 RPM) has 166 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2007 Opel Astra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2007 Opel Astra||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1998 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||197 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||5600 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||262 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||4200 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1385 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4260 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1760 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1470 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2620 mm||2450 mm|