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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

In the early seventies, the French carmaker Renault offered a very attractive vehicle for the small-segment: The Five.

It was the beginning of an unknown success.

It was in 1967 with Pierre Dreyfus asked his engineers to design a new small car that would be desired by a broad spectrum of the population, fit for all occasions and seasons.

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 design was the work of Michel Boue, a 36-year-old stylist. Renault was impressed with Boue’s drawings and quickly authorized a development program. Unfortunately, the designer Michelle Boue didn’t get the chance to see its 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 5 Doors 1972 - 1984 4 Photos
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RENAULT 5 5 Doors 1972 - 1984
  3 gasoline engines
  • 0.9L 4MT (36 HP)
  • 1.1L 4MT (44 HP)
  • 1.3L 3AT (55 HP)
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RENAULT 5 5 Doors Brochure

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

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.9L 4MT (36 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
845 cm3
Power
26 KW @ 5500 RPM
36 HP @ 5500 RPM
35 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
41 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
56 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
74.6 mph (120 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
9.5 cuFT (269 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1609.4 lbs (730 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2336.9 lbs (1060 kg)

RENAULT 5 5 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
62 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
84 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
83.9 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
9.5 cuFT (269 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1730.6 lbs (785 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2612.5 lbs (1185 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)

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

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 3AT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1289 cm3
Power
40.5 KW @ 5750 RPM
55 HP @ 5750 RPM
54 BHP @ 5750 RPM
Torque
68 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
92 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
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
9.5 cuFT (269 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)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195.2 g/km
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