We’ve updated this article with live images of the R5 Turbo E3 concept from its world premiere at the October 17-23, 2022 Paris Motor Show.

Before the opening of Art production version of the new R5 EV, Renault paid tribute to the iconic supermini one last time disposable electric version special certification R5 Turbo. The R5 Turbo 3E concept is an all-electric hot hatch with 375 hp. and a redesigned look inspired by games.

R5 Turbo 3E is the sequel R5 turbo and R5 Turbo 2 production models from the 80s built on a tubular chassis with FIA approved roll bars. However, as the E in the name hints, this one is all electric. While Renault engineers could make it insanely powerful, they opted for a more reasonable 375 hp. (280 kW / 380 hp) from a set of rear electric motors, which is still more than double the output of the original ICE-powered models. . With a monstrous 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque sent to the rear wheels, the concept is ‘pure drifter’.

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The power unit gets its energy from a 42kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the floor. Renault hasn’t announced range figures, but a full charge using a 380V charger takes just 2 hours. The battery weighs 520 kg (1,146 lb), but the rest of the car is 980 kg (2,160 lb), which makes it a nice lightweight for an EV. Performance-wise, the hot hatch sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds (or 3.9 seconds when Drift mode is selected) and top speed is electronically limited at 200 km/h (124 mph). ).

In terms of styling, the R5 Turbo 3E is a modern reinterpretation of its predecessors, staying true to the original recipe with slightly exaggerated proportions and modern styling elements inspired by video games. The concept is 4,006 mm (157.7 in) long, 2,020 mm (79.5 in) wide, 1,320 mm (52 ​​in) high, and has a 2,540 mm (96.5 in) wheelbase. All these figures are increased from R5 Turbo with ICE engineexcept for the same height.

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The carbon fiber body is painted in a chic livery, paired with pink plexiglass for the conservatory and aero-style wheels measuring 19-inch front and 20-inch rear, shod with compound tires (225/35R19 front and 325/25). /R20 behind). The bodykit is redesigned, with even more crazy aero components than before, including a prominent front splitter, yellow-painted air intakes, extra-wide front and rear wings and a massive rear spoiler.

The headlights have been replaced with pink, blue and yellow LED strips, along with additional rally-style LEDs on the bumper. Similarly, the taillights are smaller, leaving more room for openings. Some of iconic features things like the hood, which now houses the battery charging port, and the intakes that provide a great view of the EV’s underpinnings have been reimagined.

Inside, we find two Sabelt carbon fiber racing seats, a futuristic digital instrument cluster with 10 screens, a retro-style dashboard, tartan and alcantara upholstery, a yellow-painted center tunnel, and a drift-style handbrake. There’s also a plushie named “Drifty” to help passengers relax after the drift show. The driver can choose between different modes including Turbo (Drifting), Track Invader (Game), Donut (360 degree spin) etc.

A total of 10 camera mounting brackets inside and outside the vehicle are ideal for recording tire burning sessions. In addition, during the premiere, the driver and co-driver of the R5 Turbo 3E will be dressed in special costumes from fashion designer La Fameuse.

The R5 Turbo 3E will debut at Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2022 on September 25 and will then be on display at the Renault stand at the Paris Motor Show in October 2022. Keep in mind that this is the second electric car concept from the French automaker this year after Renault 5 Diamant.

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Live photos by Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops