a real character
Launched in 1975, Renault 30 was successor to Renault 16. It stood out by its two-box body (whole competing large saloons were mostly three-box). It also boasted a more modern, rounded line (while Peugeot 604 for example, launched the same year with the same engine, adopted an angular design, a consensual design for the time).
Renault 30 differed from Renault 20, with which it shared the same bodywork, due to its grille with four round headlamps and its more plush fittings. The overall lines of the Renault 20 and 30 were the work of Gaston Juchet.
Listening to the sounds of Renault 30 is like listening to the sound of an engine (the PRV) with remarkable longevity (it was manufactured for 24 years!).
Following the 1973 oil crisis, Renault 30 with its V6 engine had trouble finding buyers since its target audience was looking for more economical cars. In 1982, Renault launched a 4-cylinder 85 hp Turbo-Diesel version. In addition, an American version with a grille, special headlights and large bumpers was released to appeal to the North American market.
136,403 Renault 30 units were produced from 1975 to 1983
607,405 Renault 20 units were produced from 1976 to 1984
- Performance and engine
petrol, 6 cylinders inline at 90°, 2664 cc, 131 hp (PRV engine)
diesel 2068 cc with 85 hp (Douvrain engine)
- dimensionsLength 4,50 mWidth 1,73 mHeight 1 ,43 m
two-box body with tailgate
front-wheel drive with front overhang engine