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1961-1980 RENAULT R4 specifications

1961-1980 RENAULT R4 specifications Classic and Performance Car

If any Renault was a true 2CV rival, then this was it. Long-lived – built from 1961 to 1992 – and utterly simple in some places yet complex in others, this was Renault’s first front-wheel-drive car. Quirks included the gearlever sprouting from the dashboard – necessary because the transmission was mounted in front of the engine – plus a different wheelbase on each side! The six engines available ranged from 603cc to 1108cc, but power stayed between the limits of 23bhp and 34bhp. As well as the saloon, there was also a 4x4 and a beach car known as the Plein Air.

Production

  • Production:
    8,135,424
  • Price at launch:
    £539
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,750
  • Price (good):
    £1,250
  • Price (average):
    £600
  • Price (project):
    £125

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    38.1secs
  • Top speed:
    70.0mph
  • Power:
    30.0bhp
  • Torque:
    41.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    35.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, upper wishbones, lower transverse arms and tie rod, coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, trailing arms, transverse torsion bar springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3658mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2350mm
  • Width:
    1486mm
  • Height:
    1461mm
  • Weight:
    597kgs

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