Renault presents the all-electric R5 Turbo hot hatch

Renault is working on bringing the little Renault 5 hatchback back as an electric vehicle, and it’s having a little fun with it judging by the looks of a new batch of official concept images.

Renault 5 Turbo 3E badge, the concept was inspired by the impressive widebody R5 Turbo 2 of the mid-1980s, including a trio of slats in the nose that provide cooling for the batteries and additional downforce , while the rear receives a huge accompanying spoiler and diffuser. The air inlet also hides the charging socket.

The wheels are pushed away from the body (total width is 2020mm), covered in big retro arches, with two forward-facing air intakes in the rear. More retro goodness is found in the square fog lamps, each comprising 16 LED blocks.

This brilliant concept is the Renault R5 Turbo 3E, perhaps the coolest concept of the year.

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This brilliant concept is the Renault R5 Turbo 3E, perhaps the coolest concept of the year.

These intakes aren’t just for the brakes either, as Renault has placed two electric motors on the rear axle for rear-wheel drive, one per wheel.

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Power is rated at 280kW while torque is 700Nm, powered by a relatively small 42kWh battery. Renault says that’s enough for “several laps” of a gymkhana drift circuit.

Two motors deliver 280kW/700Nm, sent directly to the rear wheels.

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Two motors deliver 280kW/700Nm, sent directly to the rear wheels.

Top speed is rated at 200 km/h and 0-100 km/h time is 3.5 seconds. Thanks to the abundance of carbon fiber in the construction of the Turbo 3E, the whole thing weighs just 980kg, although Renault quietly adds that this doesn’t include the batteries, which add 520kg in total.

Inside are carbon racing seats, a race-ready harness, a vertical handbrake lever for maximum drift, and plenty of yellow and purple accents. Behind the steering wheel are ten small digital displays, mimicking the ten analog gauges of the original R5 Turbo 2.

Three driving modes are mentioned, but they are not what you might expect. “Turbo” helps the car to drift, “Track Invader” is “for playing” and “Donut” allows the car to spin 360 degrees.

The ten digital displays are a throwback to the Turbo 2's ten analog gauges.

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The ten digital displays are a throwback to the Turbo 2’s ten analog gauges.

The final touch showing that R5 Turbo 3E doesn’t take itself too seriously is a teddy bear called Drifty. He is there to “relax and comfort the passengers captivated by the musculature of the show car”.

Renault is presenting the Turbo 3E at the Paris Motor Show next month. Unfortunately, there are no current plans to put the concept into production, but we’ll see an all-electric Renault 5 at some point in the near future, along with many other electric models from Renault.

Alpine, Renault’s performance sub-brand, is working on its own version of the R5 though, so we should eventually get something sporty from the reborn hatch, even if it’s not the 3E.

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