R21 2L Turbo
When Renault launched its Renault 21 saloon, it was clearly aimed at families, with no obvious sporting vocation (there was even an estate version). However, just a year later, there was a change of direction and Renault opted to release a resolutely sporting version of Renault 21. By moving into the very specific (and prestigious) sporty saloon segment, Renault clearly had the supercharged German saloons in its sights. The race was on!
MEETS THE EYE
MEETS THE EYE
Launched in 1986, Renault 21 was a resolutely family-focused saloon. As well as the two-box and three-box versions, there was also an estate (so not your regular sports model!). However, you should never judge a book by its cover and Renault 21 2L Turbo became a benchmark among sporty saloons.
Speed Demon, the 1980s hit that really sums up Renault R21 2L Turbo. It might look like a nice family car but the sound is synonymous with speed.
In 1988, two Renault 21 2L Turbo 4x4 competed in the France Superproduction championship, driven by Jean Ragnotti and Jean-Louis Bousquet. Together, they won six of the ten championship races. Even better, Ragnotti took the title, after signing each of his victories with his famous 360° figure. The same year, journalist and driver Jean-Pierre Malcher beat the world speed record on ice at the wheel of a Renault 21 2-Litre Turbo (barely adapted from the production model, driving at 246.926 kph (on snow tyres) and 250.610 kph (on studded tyres) on the frozen Hornavan lake in Sweden.
14,000 units from 1987 to 1992
- Performance and engine
Turbocharged 4 cylinders inline, 1,995 cm3
- dimensionsLength 4,49 mWidth 1,71 mHeight 1,39 m
4x4 with the Quadra version