Renault 12 Technical Specifications

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Dubbed "Project 117", the all new Renault 12 was designed to fill the gap between the Renault 8 and Renault 16. First launched at the Paris Motor Show of 1969, the original iterations were only available in L and TL specifications.

The up-market TL boasted two seperate reclining front seats (in place ot the L's single bench set-up), door arm-rests, boot and glovebox lights, a heated rear window and extra warning lights.

During a 12 year production run, Renault introduced other models to the line-up, the best being the Renault 12 Gordini model, which was equipped with an all-aluminum 1565cc engine taken from the Renault 16 TS.

Fitted with two double barrel Weber carby's making the engine good for 125 bhp (93 kW), the blue and white Gordini could reach a top speed of 185 km/h.

In October 1972, the more upmarket R12 TS was introduced. It used same 1289 cm³ engine as in other R12s, but was equipped with a single, double barrel Weber carburetor, which increased power considerably and raised top speed to 150 km/h.

Aesthetically, the car was distinguishable from other R12's by its special Gordini-style wheels, a chrome strip along the side of the car, and two extra headlights. The TS also featured integrated headrests, a rev-counter and a cooling-fluid temperature gauge.

In October 1973, the R12 TR appeared. This model slotted between the TL and TS, and had automatic transmission as standard. The whole range was facelifted in 1975 with a new grill, rear lamps and dashboard.

During its 12 year production run, the Renault 12 proved incredibly popular throughout Europe and many other countries. The motoring press praised the cars comfortable interior, performance and frugal fuel consumption.

In fact, the only country where the mid-sizer was considered below par was in the US, where the lack of power steering and road noise counted heavily against it. After all, this was an era in the US where having the driver "disconnected" from the bitumen was considered a virtue.

  • Years of Manufacture: 1969 - 1980
  • Number Built: n/a
  • Price at Introduction:
    • n/a
  • Date of Introduction:
    • October, 1969
  • Chassis/Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length: 95.98 in. (2438mm)
    • Total Width: 64.48 in. (1638mm)
    • Total Height at kerb weight: n/a
    • Ground Clearance: n/a
    • Wheelbase: 95.98 in. (2438mm)
    • Front Track: n/a
    • Rear Track: n/a
  • Kerb Weight:
    • 2006.20 lb. (910kg)
  • Fuel Tank:
    • n/a
  • Turning Circle:
    • n/a
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer (with integrated tripmeter and odometer)
    • Petrol gauge
    • Temp gauge
    • Ammeter warning lamp
    • Oil warning lamp
  • Transmission:
    • 4 Speed Manual
    • Top Gear Ratio: 1.03:1
    • Final Drive Ratio: 3.77:1
  • Clutch:
    • Single cushion disc, dry plate clutch with diaphragm spring
    • Plate with hub torsion damping disc
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • Hypoid bevel differential
  • Maximum Speed:
    • 154 km/h
  • Fuel Capacity:
    • n/a
  • Fuel Consumption:
    • n/a
  • Performance:
    • 0 - 60 mph: 12.9 seconds
    • Quarter Mile: 12.9 seconds
  • Engine (4 Cylinder):
    • Capacity: 1289cc / 78.65ci
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 4 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Fuel System: Twin choke Weber 32 DAR with differential opening mechanically controlled, automatic choke and accellerator pump. Dry air filter
    • Cooling: By liquid in sealed circuit including pump, thermostat, expansion reservoir with visible liquid level, and intermittent electric fan controlled by thermoswitch
    • Bore and Stroke: 73mm x 77mm
    • Power: 60 bhp (44.7 kW) @ 5500 rpm
    • Torque: 70.8 lb. ft. (96 Nm) @ 3500 rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Engine Oil:
    • 7 pts. (4 liters) 20W40
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt
    • Voltage regulator
  • Exhaust:
    • Single tail-pipe
  • Suspension:
    • Independent 4-wheel suspension through torsion bars and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers
    • Anti-roll bars at front and rear
    • Front: Flexible quadrilateral transverse members
    • Rear: Wheels supported by pressed steel suspension arms
  • Steering:
    • Rack and Pinion
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Single piston disc brakes with floating calipers and braking effort equaliser device. Hydraulic control. Pressure equaliser
    • Rear: Drum brakes
  • Wheels:
    • 14" Pressed steel disc wheels
  • Tyres:
    • Size: 155 x 355 radial corded
    • Radius: 6.07 ft. (1.85m)

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