Renault unveils the Turbo 3E | Eco-Auto

Renault Turbo 3E | Photo: Renault

The following news does not really concern the North American market since the Renault division has not had a storefront since the end of the 80s. However, there is indeed a craze for the most popular car in the hexagon, the Renault 5 which marked in its own way the automotive landscape of the 70s and 80s here.

The most exotic of the Renault 5, the R5 Turbo and the next, the R5 Turbo II, also found a way to cross the Atlantic Ocean at the time, but its distribution on the North American continent remained very timid. Moreover, it is to be expected that it will be the same scenario for this new study of style called R5 Turbo 3E.

At the time of this writing, the French manufacturer is working on the return of the R5, but the latter will no longer be powered by thermal mechanics, but rather an all-electric powertrain. Moreover, the brand showed what to expect from this future electric model earlier in 2021.

But before lifting the veil on this electric reincarnation of the legendary city car, Renault wanted to demonstrate that it was still capable of developing cars focused on driving pleasure and even more. The R5 Turbo 3E is a logical follow-up to the first two R5 Turbos in history, although the “E” points directly in the direction of an electric motor.

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Renault Turbo 3E | Photo: Renault

The designers have stuck to the essence of the R5 Turbo of yesteryear, with a powertrain housed behind the two occupants, except this time around it’s a pair of electric motors developing quite adequate power from 375 horsepower and an even more impressive 516 lb-ft of torque. All that cavalry is of course sent to the rear-wheel drive, which also explains why Renault describes its latest creation as a car “born to drift”.

To power these two motors, the car uses a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can be recharged in two hours with a 380 V charging station.

Faithful to the R5 Turbo of the 80s, the R5 Turbo 3E relies on a featherweight of 980 kg, which notably allows it to record a 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds (or 3.9 seconds in drift mode). As for its optimal speed, it is “limited” to 200 km/h.

The design of the car, which will be officially presented at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 competition on September 25, is also a tribute to the car of yesteryear, although the size of the rims – 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear – well in its time. The flared fenders, oversized spoiler, LED position lights and carbon fiber bodywork are all clues to its 21st century vibe.

Inside, two carbon fiber Sabelt racing seats set the tone, as does this futuristic dashboard with 10 digital screens and a retro design, ditto for the steering wheel adds to the spectacle. As for this tubular safety cage, it also demonstrates the seriousness of this prototype.

Renault will probably never return to this side of the Atlantic, but we can at least console ourselves by admiring this R5 Turbo 3E.

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Renault Turbo 3E | Photo: Renault

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Renault unveils the Turbo 3E | Eco-Auto

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