Renault marks 50 years of the R5 with haute couture restomod

by Nik Berg
5 July 2022 1 min read
Renault marks 50 years of the R5 with haute couture restomod

Renault is celebrating five decades of Le Car in true style with an electrified Five designed with fashionista Pierre Gonalons.

Pink and proud the Diamant one-off has gem-like headlamps, side mirrors that look like a saucier’s pan, and dished black and white wheels, though the fundamental shape is just as Michel Boué penned it – this restomod being based on the original R5, rather than Gandini’s ‘Supercinq’ update.

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Inside, things get even crazier, with a swirling recycled marble steering wheel dominating an otherwise simple cabin, adorned by circular gold door handles, and an integrated phone-holder in lieu of the ubiquitous touch screen. We’re more fond of the latter idea than the former, though it does show there’s more scope to reimagining classic cars than slapping on a Momo Prototipo.

The Diamant has been converted to battery power, although Renault hasn’t revealed its specification. We reckon the Twizy might be involved, just as it was in 2019’s Renault 4 e-Plein Air. The Diamant is the latest in a growing line of design-led reinterpretations of classics Renaults, following last year’s Suite No4 – a Renault 4 turned into a mobile lounge by designer Mathieu Lehanneur.

The R5 was famous for its stylish limited editions, such as the luxurious leather-lined Monaco and the denim-trimmed Blue Jeans, but this Diamant edition takes its catwalk cool even further.

A retro-futuristic new 5 is due in 2024 to replace the Zoe electric city car, and we do hope that the fashion collaborations continue.

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  • Tim says:


  • J.wentworth says:

    This doesn’t remotely appeal to me but as I’ve got older I’ve learned to regret never buying a 5GT Turbo but around 92 a friend work mate bought a 3 or 4 years old F reg and he just wasn’t happy with the quality so he got shut after a year or so and bought a 2: years old J reg Fiesta Rs Turbo which was all-round better car .

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