2008 BMW 320 vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2008 BMW 320 is newer by 34 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 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 BMW 320 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 BMW 320 (148 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 95 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 BMW 320 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 BMW 320 weights approximately 730 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 2008 BMW 320 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 2008 BMW 320. 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, 2008 BMW 320 (330 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 234 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 BMW 320 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2008 BMW 320||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||1995 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||148 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||4000 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||330 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||2000 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1680 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4490 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1760 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1380 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2730 mm||2450 mm|