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2009 BMW X3 vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2009 BMW X3 is newer by 35 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), 2009 BMW X3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 BMW X3 (148 HP @ 6200 RPM) has 95 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 BMW X3 should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 BMW X3 weights approximately 706 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 2009 BMW X3 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, 2009 BMW X3 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, 2009 BMW X3 (200 Nm @ 3750 RPM) has 104 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 BMW X3 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2009 BMW X3 1974 Renault 12
Make BMW Renault
Model X3 12
Year Released 2009 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 6200 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 200 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3750 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Front
Vehicle Weight 1656 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1680 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2450 mm


 

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