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2009 Mercedes-Benz B vs. 1974 Renault 12

To start off, 2009 Mercedes-Benz B 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 1,699 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Mercedes-Benz B is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Mercedes-Benz B (114 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 61 more horse power than 1974 Renault 12. (53 HP @ 5250 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Mercedes-Benz B should accelerate faster than 1974 Renault 12. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Mercedes-Benz B weights approximately 360 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, 2009 Mercedes-Benz B (155 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 59 more torque (in Nm) than 1974 Renault 12. (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2009 Mercedes-Benz B will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1974 Renault 12.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Mercedes-Benz B 1974 Renault 12
Make Mercedes-Benz Renault
Model B 12
Year Released 2009 1974
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1699 cc 1289 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 114 HP 53 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5250 RPM
Torque 155 Nm 96 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1310 kg 950 kg
Vehicle Length 4280 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1780 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1610 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2780 mm 2450 mm


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