2008 Mercedes-Benz C vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C 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 2,148 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Mercedes-Benz C is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C (121 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 68 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Mercedes-Benz C should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C weights approximately 605 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 Mercedes-Benz C 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 Mercedes-Benz C. 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 Mercedes-Benz C (270 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 174 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Mercedes-Benz C will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.
Compare all specifications:
|2008 Mercedes-Benz C||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||2148 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||4 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||121 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||4200 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||270 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||1600 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||1555 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||4550 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1730 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1470 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2720 mm||2450 mm|