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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

Back at the beginning of the '70s, the French carmakers provided two main options for the small segment: the Renault 4 and the Citroen 2CV.

Then, in 1972, the R5 joined the pack and stirred the market.

The studies for the new vehicle started in 1967 when Renault's CEO, Pierre Dreyfuss, asked the team to design a new vehicle.

The first supermini ever manufactured by the French carmaker, the Renault 5 was revealed in 1972 as a 3-door and 5-door hatchback. The 3-door body style was based on the commercial version of the R4. Its doors didn't feature any handles. The user had to grab them from behind their edge, through a deeper dent on the bodywork.

The design was the work of Michelle Boue, a 36-year-old stylist. Renault was impressed with Boue’s drawings and quickly authorized a development program. Unfortunately, Boue didn’t get the chance to see his brainchild blossom as he died in late 1971, however, the final design was pretty much like his initial sketches.

Aesthetically, the super-chic styling of the Renault 5 featured straight lines, square headlights, and a steeply sloping rear hatch.

The Renault 5 featured wraparound plastic bumpers that were a big thing in 1971. Developed by Prost-Dame, they were high-impact resistant and the R5 was parking-proof in every crowded city.

Most of its underpinnings were carried over from the popular Renault 4, such as the longitudinal-mounted engine that drove the front wheels. The powerplants were taken from the Renault 4 and the Renault 8, a 782cc with 33.5 hp and a 956cc with 44 hp respectively.

The Renault 5 was very close to winning the European Car of the Year in 1973, however, the title was awarded to the Audi 80.

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1972 - 1984 48 Photos
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RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1972 - 1984
  8 gasoline engines
  • 0.8L 4MT (34 HP)
  • 0.9L 4MT (36 HP)
  • 0.9L 4MT (44 HP)
  • 1.1L 4MT (44 HP)
  • 1.3L 3AT (55 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (65 HP)
  • 1.4L Alpine 5MT (92 HP)
  • 1.4L Alpine Turbo 5MT (110 HP)

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 0.8L 4MT (34 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.8L 4MT (34 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
782 cm3
Power
25 KW @ 5200 RPM
34 HP @ 5200 RPM
34 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
38 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
52 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
75 mph (121 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
26 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1609.4 lbs (730 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2336.9 lbs (1060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 0.9L 4MT (36 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.9L 4MT (36 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
845 cm3
Power
26 KW @ 5500 RPM
35 HP @ 5500 RPM
35 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
41 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
56 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
76 mph (122 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
25 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1609.4 lbs (730 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2336.9 lbs (1060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 0.9L 4MT (44 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.9L 4MT (44 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
956 cm3
Power
32.4 KW @ 5400 RPM
44 HP @ 5400 RPM
43 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
47 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
63 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
85 mph (137 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
21 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1709 lbs (775 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2590 lbs (1175 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1.1L 4MT (44 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (44 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1108 cm3
Power
32.4 KW @ 4400 RPM
44 HP @ 4400 RPM
43 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
63 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
85 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
84 mph (135 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1709 lbs (775 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2590 lbs (1175 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
142.8 g/km

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1.3L 3AT (55 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 3AT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1289 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5750 RPM
54 HP @ 5750 RPM
54 BHP @ 5750 RPM
Torque
69 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
94 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
21.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1785.7 lbs (810 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2667.6 lbs (1210 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195.2 g/km

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1.3L 5MT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (65 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1289 cm3
Power
46 KW @ 6000 RPM
63 HP @ 6000 RPM
62 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
68 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
92 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93.8 mph (151 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1763.7 lbs (800 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2645.5 lbs (1200 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
180.9 g/km

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1.4L Alpine 5MT (92 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L Alpine 5MT (92 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1397 cm3
Power
67.7 KW @ 4300 RPM
92 HP @ 4300 RPM
91 BHP @ 4300 RPM
Torque
86 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
117 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2755.8 lbs (1250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.1 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
192.8 g/km

RENAULT 5 3 Doors 1.4L Alpine Turbo 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L Alpine Turbo 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1397 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 6000 RPM
110 HP @ 6000 RPM
109 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
110 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
149 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10 gallons (37.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
138.6 in (3520 mm)
Width
59.8 in (1519 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.4/49.2 in (1,280/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.6 cuFT (215 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2755.8 lbs (1250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
192.8 g/km
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