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Renault 16


Renault 16

The 16 was one of Renault's most significant cars. It was extremely versatile by virtue of its large and practical rear hatchback and fold-flat rear seats, while all-round independent suspension and front disc brakes made it one of the most advanced cars of its era in terms of driver appeal. Interior space was excellent, offering incredible levels of comfort - a feeling enhanced by the car's soft yet stable ride. Its only downfall was its unusual gearbox, operated by a clumsy column lever instead of the floor change favored by most European motorists. The 16 was the first of a breed - across Europe today, almost 80 per cent of cars sold in its market sector are hatchbacks rather than traditional saloons; and the 16 was the car that started the craze. Almost two million of these front-wheel-drive vehicles were built between 1965 and 1980.

Renault 16 Specifications

Top speed:93 mph (150 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):16.2 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:95 ci (1,565 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:70 bhp (52kW) at 5,200 rpm
Max torque:86 lb ft (117 Nm) at 2,500 rpm
Weight:2,260 lb (1017 kg)
Economy:27 mpg (9.6 km/I)
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