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R16 TX

R16
1975
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THE BOOM-YEARS

SALOON

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

1975
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THE

RULE-BREAKER

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.

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interior

EXEMPLARY

HANDLING

Renault 16 was a front-wheel drive saloon (still rare at that time) offering safe road handling. And it boasted another benefit: real driving pleasure, which was largely due to its aluminium engine, which was further improved in the TX version launched in 1973. The new engine had capacity of 1,647 cm3 and delivered 93 hp, with a 5-speed gearbox helping the car safely reach 175 kph. Unsurprisingly, it was a big hit!

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original soundtrack

LISTEN TO

THIS PLAYLIST

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.

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MISTER

PRESIDENT...

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style

A WINNING

COMBINATION

When you take a good look, Renault R16 is... a big 4L! With the same two-box architecture, same tailgate, same front central engine and gearbox positioning, and the same difference between the right and left wheelbases (7 cm in Renault 16’s case), due to the rear suspension of transverse torsion bars. Why change a winning combination?

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technical features

1,851,502 UNITS

MANUFACTURED

  • production

    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

  • dimensions
    Length 4,24 m
    Width 1,65 m
    Height 1,45 m
  • architecture

    two-box body with tailgate

    front-wheel drive

    front mid-engine, with gearbox placed to the front of it (as on Renault 4)

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