Before unveiling the production version of the new R5 EV, Renault paid tribute to the iconic supermini one last time with a one-off electro-mod version of the R5 Turbo homologation special model. The R5 Turbo 3E concept is an all-electric hot hatch with 375 hp and a redesigned exterior inspired by the games.
The R5 Turbo 3E is a continuation of the R5 Turbo and R5 Turbo 2 production models of the 1980s, built on a tubular chassis with FIA approved roll bars. However, as the E in the name suggests, this one is all-electric. While Renault engineers could have made it insanely powerful, they opted for a more reasonable 375 hp (280 kW / 380 PS) from a set of rear-mounted electric motors, still more than double the original ICE-equipped models. . With a whopping 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque sent to the rear wheels, this concept is a “pure drifter”.
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The power unit gets its energy from a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery installed under the floor. Renault didn’t announce range figures, but a full charge takes just 2 hours using a 380V charger. The battery weighs 520 kg (1,146 lb), while the rest of the vehicle tips the scales at 980 kg (2,160 lb), making it quite light for an electric car. As for performance, the hot hatch accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds (or 3.9 seconds with drift mode selected) and top speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h. h (124 mph) ).
In terms of design, the R5 Turbo 3E is a modern interpretation of its predecessors, staying true to the original recipe with slightly exaggerated proportions and modern styling cues.
The R5 Turbo 3E will make its public debut at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 competition on September 25, before being displayed on the Renault stand at the 2022 Paris Motor Show in October. Note that this is the French automaker’s second electric fashion concept this year, following the Renault 5 Diamant.