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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
Make BMW Renault
Model 320 12
Year Released 2008 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 148 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 330 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
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


 

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