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Renault 8 Gordini signalled the dawn of a new sports driving age (or almost). By offering a sporty version - under the name Gordini - of a large series model, Renault could offer affordable sports cars: it was the birth of the GTI before the name even existed.
Launched in 1964, Renault 8 Gordini owed its name to its engineer, Amédée Gordini. It adopted re-designed drive trains, improved braking and a 95 hp engine (almost twice the power of the classic Renault 8 engine). In 1966, the “Gorde”, as it was nicknamed, further improved by its engine (now 1300 cc), was equipped with a 5-gear gearbox for a maximum speed of 175 kph. This performance cemented its reputation in competitions.
Like a great rock classic, the engine sounds of Renault 8 Gordini are not to be missed, filling our ears with wonderful memories.
What other car is more easily identifiable than Renault 8 Gordini? Its two legendary white stripes on blue background make the car stand out in a crowd.
Renault 8 Gordini shone in rallys. Jean Vinatier won the Tour de Corse in 1964 at the wheel of his Renault 8 Gordini. Pierre Orsini and Jean-François Piot repeated the feat in 1965 and 1966 respectively, beating Alfa Romeo GTA and Porsche 911. In 1968, the “Gorde” was the star of the Morocco Rally, thanks to driver Jean-Pierre Nicolas.
over 11,800 vehicles from 1964 to 1970 out of 1.3 million vehicles
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders from 1108 cc to 1255 cc
from 95 to 110 hp
4-speed gearbox (for the 1108 cc) or 5-speed (for the 1255 cc)
170-175 kph depending on version
- dimensionsLength 4,00 mWidth 1,49 mHeight 1 ,37 m
longitudinal engine to the rear
Renault 8 Gordini can be proud of having a competition dedicated to it. In 1966, the publication ‘Moteurs, Renault et Dunlop’ created the Renault 8 Gordini National Cup. Aspiring drivers and owners of the little blue spitfire faced off in this competition, which revealed several drivers who went on to great things: Andruet, Cudini, Darniche, Jabouille, Jarier, Leclère, Malcher, Ragnotti and Thérier.