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1964-1972 RENAULT R8 specifications


Renault persisted with a rear-engined layout for the 8, the successor to the Dauphine. Unveiled in 1962, it was an altogether more angular car. The 956cc engine was larger than before, suspension was independent all around, and there were disc brakes on each wheel...which certainly wasn’t usual for most cars of this class at the time. They were more justified on faster, more powerful versions such as 1964’s 8-1100 – also known as the 8 Major – with 1108cc, and the 8S of 1968, which could boast 53bhp and had a quad-headlamp front to show off its sportier pretensions.

Production

  • Production:
    1,316,134
  • Price at launch:
    £764
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,750
  • Price (good):
    £2,200
  • Price (average):
    £1,100
  • Price (project):
    £400

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    16.5secs
  • Top speed:
    81.0mph
  • Power:
    45.0bhp
  • Torque:
    65.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    34.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, swing axles with trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3988mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2267mm
  • Width:
    1486mm
  • Height:
    1410mm
  • Weight:
    767kgs

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