In line with the Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo 2, the diamond company is revisiting the hot hatch for the essential electric era. Just like the Porsche Taycan, a car without a combustion engine receives the name “Turbo”, followed here by “3E” to signal that it is the third in the line and that it is equipped with an electric transmission . Essentially, the concept is a high-performance derivative of the Renault 5 prototype we saw early last year.
The rad showcar looks almost ready to play in Cyberpunk 2077 and features a rear spoiler you can spot from a mile away. Just like its petrol predecessors, the new R5 Turbo 3E has a rear-wheel-drive configuration. Renault installed two electric motors – one for each wheel at the rear – and placed the 42 kWh lithium-ion battery in the middle under the floor. This is reminiscent of the mid-engine layout of the Turbo and Turbo 2.
The tech specs are just as impressive as the ultra-aggressive styling. The French brand claims the pair of electric motors deliver a total of 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 700 Newton-meters (516 pound-feet) of torque. That’s beefy enough for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in three and a half seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).
The Renault R5 Turbo 3E rolls on 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels and weighs 980 kilograms (2,160 pounds) before adding the bulky battery which tips the scales at 520 kg (1,146 pounds). You end up with an electric hot hatch that weighs 1,500 kg (3,306 lbs), which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things. To fully charge the battery, it will take approximately two hours with a 380V/32A charger.
Built on a tubular chassis, the electric concept features FIA-approved roll bars and a dedicated Drift mode, with the indispensable vertical handbrake lever. To capture all the action as you move sideways, the R5 Turbo 3E has no less than 10 camera mounting brackets that can be installed indoors or outdoors.
The chunky body is 2.02 meters (79.5 inches) wide, actually 25cm (nearly 10 inches) longer than the Turbo 2, giving the concept a commanding stance. It spans 4,006 mm (157.7 inches including the rear wing) and is 1.32 meters (52 inches) tall, with a wheelbase measuring 2.54 meters (100 inches). The front tires are 225/35 R19 while the meaty rear rubber is a 325/25 R20 set.
Renault will present the R5 Turbo 3E next month at the 2022 Paris Motor Show. Although there are no plans to put the concept into production, the company’s performance division, Alpine, is working on a sports derivative of the electric Renault 5.