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Renault 5 Prototype: All-electric return of a hot-hatch legend

20 January 2021

For its latest electric concept car, Renault looked to the past. The Renault 5 Prototype features retro styling inspired by the cult-classic Renault 5 hatchback. The original Renault 5 was launched in 1972 as a humble economy car, but also spawned the mid-engine R5 Turbo hot hatchback, built to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC). The United States only got basic versions, sold as the Renault Le Car. A second-generation model was introduced in 1984, but was never imported to the U.S. This generation got its own, less-radical, performance variant—the 5 GT Turbo. Renault didn't release any specifications for the 5 Prototype, only saying that it was all-electric. But the styling is definitely in line with the R5 Turbo and other top-performance models of the past, incorporating features like boxy wheel arches that evoke the WRC cars, and the familiar profile with a tilted C-pillar. The Renault name spelled out across the front bumper, however, is a modern touch that draws attention to this EV's lack of a grille.

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