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2008 GMC Sierra vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2008 GMC Sierra 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 4,298 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 GMC Sierra is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 GMC Sierra (195 HP @ 4600 RPM) has 142 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 GMC Sierra should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 GMC Sierra weights approximately 1191 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 GMC Sierra 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, 2008 GMC Sierra 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, 2008 GMC Sierra (353 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 257 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 GMC Sierra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12. 2008 GMC Sierra 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. 2008 GMC Sierra will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2008 GMC Sierra 1974 Renault 12
Make GMC Renault
Model Sierra 12
Year Released 2008 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4298 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Horse Power 195 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 4600 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 353 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3000 RPM
Drive Type 4WD Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Vehicle Weight 2141 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 5710 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 2040 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1880 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 3030 mm 2450 mm


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