Renault continues to prepare for the arrival of its electric R5. Latest event: the auction of an electrified R5 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the small city car.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its R5 and in anticipation of the arrival of an electric version, Renault has unveiled a concept that is surprising to say the least. It is a neo-retro version of its original R5, called Renault 5 Diamant. Designed by designer Pierre Gonalons, this unique example will be auctioned soon.
The electrification of old cars is not a complete novelty. It is even about an automobile discipline called retrofitting which consists in supplanting the thermal part of a model by an electric motor and a battery. But in the case of this R5 Diamant, it is not a question of “forced” electrification. This anniversary model was designed from scratch on the basis of an R5 but slightly modifying its lines to make them more modern and developing a new interior.
Thus, if the general shape evokes the Renault 5 of 1972, the lines are actually more rounded, more current. As for the pink color which is present on a large surface of the vehicle, it is also composed of golden pigments and covered with a frosted varnish. Among the other curiosities of this concept, we note the shape of the spiral steering wheel, based on marble please, or the door handles replaced by golden spheres.
As for the interior, it obviously has nothing to do with the version released during the glorious 30s. The dashboard is uncluttered, with the exception of the space dedicated to the smartphone, since a support made of horsehair is provided to put your phone. On the other hand, on the technical side, Renault remained silent on the technical characteristics of its R5 Diamant. However, the manufacturer indicates that it is capable of driving, but does not give details concerning the size of the battery, its autonomy and even less the type of on-board motor.
Failing the car, you may be able to afford the NFT
As you will have understood, this Renault 5 Diamant is above all a rather clever marketing stunt given the success of the neo-retro models currently. Renault will not produce this R5 beyond this single copy. The latter will also be auctioned in the coming weeks.
In addition, its digital version in NFT will be sold at the same time. Proceeds from this sale will be donated to Give Me 5, a Renault project dedicated to young people organizing events around sport and music. This very special version of the Renault 5 is one of many Renault initiatives to prepare for the arrival of a crucial model for the brand. Indeed, the future electric R5, which is still in the prototype stage, has the heavy responsibility of carrying the electric compact segment for the next few years. Above all, it should be the official replacement for the iconic figure of electric diamonds: the Zoe.