It all began with Argentina wanting an automotive industry of its own. The country turned to the US manufacturer Kaiser, which founded its Argentine subsidiary Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) in 1956. Three years later, Renault signed an agreement with IKA to produce Dauphine in Argentina. But IKA wanted a 100% Argentine model. Along came Torino TS, which entered the Renault catalogue when the brand took full control of IKA in 1970.
After its takeover by Renault, IKA became Renault Argentina in 1975. Renault Torino TS then became an integral part of the French manufacturer’s range, alongside the Renault 6 and Renault 12 of the time (also produced in Argentina). In this range, Renault Torino TS, with its large US engine (6-cylinder inline, 155 to 176 hp), was billed as a luxury car.
Because of its US origin, Renault Torino TS had an unforgettable 6-cylinder inline engine with a cubic capacity of 3,770 cm3. It delivered 155 or 176 hp depending on the version (standard or sport). The production car “only” weighed 1,070 kg and could reach speeds of around 180 km/h.
Feel the tango rhythm with this Latin American model.
Renault Torino TS was very quickly adopted by the Argentinians, who considered it the ultimate Argentine car. Its success even led to it being favoured by famous customers, such as the incredible driver Fangio, Léonid Brejnev and even Fidel Castro. A success beyond politics!
Torino TS was initially created in 1966 by IKA (in which Renault only had a minority share at the time). Although based on the Rambler American (there is a hint to the model’s origins in its name!), it had its own design, adapted to the Argentine market.
155 TO 176 HP
155 TO 176 HP
- approximately 100,000 units (all versions).
- Performance and engine
- top speed: approx. 180 km/h
- 6-cylinder inline,
- 3,770 cm3
- 155 or 176 hp depending on version (standard or sport)
- dimensionsLength 4,74 mWidth 1,8 mHeight 1,42 m
- Saloon and three-box Coupé
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