Renault’s wild, all-electric one-off will be at the Paris Motor Show in October

renault 5 turbo hot hatch referenced by new electric show car

2022 marks 50 years since we first saw the Renault 5 and the French firm is set on continuing the celebrations. A one-off show car referencing the Renault 5 Turbo rally car is set to be revealed at the Chantilly Arts and Elegance concours later this month, before making its way to the Paris Motor Show.

This bold concept will help build the excitement for the new Renault 5 production car based on the R5 concept that has been confirmed to go on sale in 2024.

The original Renault 5 was designed by Michel Boue, who unfortunately died before the car’s launch in 1972. It’s unlikely either Renault or Boue would’ve expected the Renault 5 to go on to be the best-selling car in France for the next 14 years, totalling 5.5 million sales.

During this time the, rally-bred Renault 5 Turbo was the most distinctive variant of the French hatchback and it’s clear that the new show car will take plenty of design cues from this icon.

At the front we can see the typically bluff front end of the 5, this time incorporating a full-width lightbar and two pairs of fog lights further down. Renault says the car will be 100% electric so the size of the front grille is likely to be reduced.

renault 5 turbo hot hatch referenced by new electric show car

In terms of the powertrain we could see an early version of the 52kWh unit powering the upcoming Renault 5 EV. It could alternatively use the 60kWh unit found in the recently unveiled Alpine A110 E-ternite concept with 239bhp and 300Nm of torque.

The ultra-wide wheel haunches mimicking the original Turbo, the huge rear spoiler, diffuser and bucket seats with harnesses all suggest the show car will have plenty of power. It also appears as if the bodystyle of this concept will be more akin to the original 5 than the upcoming production EV, with thinner A-pillars and a more upright windscreen.

Now read more about the upcoming Renault R5…

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