Renault 5: a dream garage for its 50th anniversary

In a few hours, the Mondial de l’Auto will open its doors. Young and old will be able to discover the Renault 5 Turbo 3E, the 100% electric show car that celebrates, in its own way, the 50th anniversary of the popular and essential R5. Throughout 2022, the diamond company has done a lot to honor the R5. Next to the Flins factory, an entire hall is dedicated to him, like a dream garage.

This is not the first time that Renault 5s from this dream garage have appeared, in photos, in our media LesVoitures.com. In fact, Renault Classic participated in Retromobile 2022 by showing off its fantastic collection. So it was during the Le Mans Classic that these same R5s caused a sensation. As mentioned in the introduction, the Renault 5 Turbo 3E show car will replace the festivities organized around the 50th anniversary of the R5 during the Paris Motor Show 2022 (17-23 October).

Where to start by introducing the R5 belonging, as you may have understood, to the Renault Classic department? Perhaps because of the more powerful and sporty versions that make the connection with the Renault 5 Turbo 3E of the Mondial de l’Auto. Above in the photo, the 100% electric show car during Chantilly Arts and Elegance 2022.

Renault Classic

So the Renault 5 Superproduction visually has almost as much effect as the Renault 5 Turbo 3E. With 370 hp, this “bombinitte” of the circuits was notably driven by Jean Ragnotti in 1984. Nostalgia when it holds us because, remember that the Renault Sport label, today, has definitively disappeared in favor of the Alpine brand, present in Formula 1 since 2021 , replacing the Diamond team. Only 10 hp separate the Renault 5 Superproduction from the Renault 5 Turbo 3E (280 kW/380 hp).

If there is a production model that inspires enthusiasts of the old Régie Renault, it is the Renault 5 Turbo and its Turbo 2 variants. The latter are the delight of auction organizers, which are so much appreciated by collectors today.

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In total, less than 5,000 R5 Turbo and Turbo 2 will come out of Alpine’s Dieppe factory, the two sporty versions of the R5 being powered by the same 160-horsepower unit. Unlike the Renault 5 Turbo, the Turbo 2 does not have certain aluminum body elements, such as its vents. The R5 Turbo 2 also features the interior of the R5 Alpine Turbo, this is not the case with the Turbo.

Renault Classic

In the hall of the Flins factory dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5, an Alpine version shines with a thousand lights. You may have noticed that it is this same R5 Alpine that was recently tested on LesVoitures.com. It is accessible by clicking on the image located above.

Next to a Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1986, two Renault Classic “rally beasts” bring us back to the height of the World Rally Championship, precisely in Group B. 250 hp for the Renault 5 Turbo “Monte-Carlo” (1981) and 350 hp for the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo (1984), the most powerful Group B with two-wheel drive (propulsion).

At the time, Renault Sport wanted to counter the arrival of all-wheel drive in the World Rally Championship with the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

Renault Classic

Let’s go to the other more “wise” and standard Renault 5, knowing that the R5 has, as the expression goes, “known several lives, this as a police car or even with “Le Car Van”, a version developed in collaboration with the Heuliez, in a nod to the American market. The sides of the Renault 5 “Le Car Van” reveal, at the rear, a solid body and small portholes.

Renault Classic

From 1972, the Renault 5 became 100% electric, long before the future Renault 5 E-Tech Electric planned for our roads in 2024. Need we remember that the latter already exists in the form of the Renault 5 Prototype? Even if the future of the electric car is compromised for all uses, the future “battery-powered” R5 should be a commercial success.

Renault 5 electric Renault Classic

Let’s go back to the 1972 electric R5, which we also owe to EDF, who participated in its development. In terms of numbers, features and performance, the city car shows, in its technical data sheet, a power of 7.5 kW/10 hp, an approximate range of 60 km and a maximum speed of 60 km/h.

Renault 5 electric Renault Classic

At the time, technologies related to battery manufacturing were far from what they are today. Behind its windows, no less than 300 kilograms of batteries were visible in the electric Renault 5. The latter will be produced in very few copies until 1974, knowing that all 100% electric R5s were intended for internal use and for French administrations.

Closer in time, the most luxurious of the R5 takes us back, this time, to the early 1990s with its legendary leather interior. As standard, Renault 5 Baccara is also equipped with power windows, central locking with remote control please.

Other Renault 5s are, of course, part of this dream garage, including more basic models. However, the term “versatile” is more appropriate to define the R5 both urban and road.

Recently in Paris, the Renault 5 Diamant concept car was presented as a luxurious retrofit that pays homage to French know-how.

Finally, before discovering, at the end of this article, other photos of the Renault Classic’s 50th Anniversary Renault 5 dream garage, let’s conclude, the arrival of the Supercinq. It was already at the Paris Motor Show, but in 1984.

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