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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer 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 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (134 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 81 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer weights approximately 445 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, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (176 Nm @ 4500 RPM) has 80 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer 1974 Renault 12
Make Mitsubishi Renault
Model Lancer 12
Year Released 2008 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1997 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 134 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 4500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Vehicle Weight 1395 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4490 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2450 mm


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