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1965-1979 RENAULT 16 specifications

1965-1979 RENAULT 16 specifications Classic and Performance Car

The 16 can lay major claim to being the first modern hatchback. Its 1964 design seems to be a blueprint for much that came after it, with a lifting tailgate, two-box shape with a roomy interior, front-wheel-drive, lively alloy engine and disc brakes up at the head. There was even what could be regarded as a hot hatch from 1973, two years before the Golf GTI popularised the genre. This was the TX with a 1647cc 93bhp engine, five-speed transmission and quad-headlights. A very forward-thinking and well-behaved machine with a lot of typically French quirks to make it even more intriguing.

Production

  • Production:
    1,846,000
  • Price at launch:
    £949
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,000
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    12.3secs
  • Top speed:
    101.0mph
  • Power:
    83.0bhp
  • Torque:
    88.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    30.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4230mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2710mm
  • Width:
    1651mm
  • Height:
    1359mm
  • Weight:
    980kgs
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