I know from experience that when a vehicle is relaunched it represents a revolution for a brand said Renault CEO Luca de Meo, confirming that the French brand will make the Renault 5 again this time in 100% electric mode. De Meo confirmed the news during the presentation of the Revolution as he called the French company’s strategy for all its brands between now and 2025.
The Renault 5 that was a milestone for the French brand in the 70s and 80s will return. “And it will be affordable for a large number of people.”Of course, De Meo has not said anything about its technical details but the concept shown is very close to what can be a series production vehicle under the specific platform of small electric cars of the Renault Nissan Mitsubish I Alliance.
The new electric Renault 5 will be affordable for a large number of people. Let us remember that the Renault 5 arrived on the market in 1972 thanks mainly to Bernard Hanon, then project manager of the French brand, who for a few years before sought to open up to a new type of customer that included young drivers and women (for those years, female drivers were a frank minority). Thus, the design was commissioned to Michel Boué, who is said to have taken only two days to draw the forms of a 3.5-meter utility vehicle that had a longitudinal engine, a three-door monocoque body (which did not have a handle), space for five adults (it was normal for large families to enter) and, which was a real revolution, about fiber bumpers instead of metal ones.
The Renault plant in Valladolid was responsible for its production in our country, in principle in a 950 cc version that delivered 44 hp, giving up a basic 800 cc version (with gear lever that was born in the dashboard) that delivered only 36 CV launched in France. The displacement went up over the years to 1.1, 1.3, and 1.4 liters, while the body began to be offered in 1979 in a 5-door version whose development had been taken from the Renault 7 a model of three volumes developed by Fasa Spain (thus the Renault subsidiary in our country was called then) that was never sold in France.
One of the aspects that made the Renault 5 most famous was its forays into the world of racing. In Spain, the 93 hp 1.4 Copa version served as a model for a one-make championship on the circuit, while the Renault 5 Copa Turbo, with power raised to 110 hp, converted the only 3.5-meter-long utility vehicle into a small car capable of launching at 186 km / h with only 870 kg of weight.
From Culo Gordo to Supercinco the evolution of the Renault 5However, the models that will be most remembered by true motor enthusiasts are the ‘Culo Gordo versions with only two seats with a turbocharged engine located behind the seats and spectacularly widened rear wings. The Renault 5 Turbo (160 hp) Turbo 2 (same power and Maxi Turbo 350 hp depending on turbo pressure) competed in the World Rally Championship and the latter prevailed in the 1985 Tour de Corse at the controls by Jean Ragnotti a rider closely linked to the diamond brand.
Starting in 1984, the model sold was the Supercinco completely new although clearly inspired by the lines of the Renault 5. It offered better habitability and had very special versions such as the Supercinco Baccara which included series leather upholstery the GTX with a 1.7 and 90 hp engine, and the famous Supercinco Turbo with outputs of 115 hp at the beginning and 120 hp later. Finally, the Supercinco gave way to the first generation Clio which appeared in 1990.