how to beat a rolls!
Pierre Dreyfus, chairman of Renault, wanted to launch a large saloon for baby-boom families. To symbolise the social progress of the time, the car needed to reflect a comfortable (but not ostentatious) social status and offer something original to appeal to new customers. So the question was, how to make a car as versatile as Renault 4 that would be “a car for families who are attracted to the modernity of consumer society”? The answer? Renault 16
With its two-box shape and sleek lines, its tailgate and six-window bodywork, a low beltline, high roof and lack of drip rails, the Renault 16 was a radical departure from the design codes of the era. If we were to describe Renault R16 in just two words, we’d say spacious and versatile! Its inner space was arranged around six functions, enabling a range of uses to beat other saloons of its time.
Renault 16 harks back to the 1970s: disco for all the family! And these sounds will also recall the little sister from which it took inspiration: Renault 4.
The TX version of Renault 16 had such a good engine (1,6747 cm3 to reach 175 kph) that it was shared with certain Lotus and Alpines, and even some single-seater racers. That is already quite remarkable, but R16’s real exploit was winning the 1966 Car of the Year title, ahead of... the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow!
1,851,502 units from 1965 to 1980
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders in cast aluminium
from 1,470 cm3 to 1,647 cm3
55-93 hp depending on version
142-175 kph depending on version
- dimensionsLength 4,24 mWidth 1,65 mHeight 1,45 m
two-box body with tailgate
front mid-engine, with gearbox placed to the front of it (as on Renault 4)