8 Gordini Concept
The original Renault
8 Gordini, introduced in 1964, was a high-performance version
of the humble Renault 8 family car. It was instantly distinguishable
from its more mundane counterpart by its unique blue paintwork and
accompanying white stripes.
The new Renault 8 Gordini carries the same iconic colors, but in what
looks like a significantly more entertaining package. Unlike the original,
which only came as a four-door car, the concept only comes as a sportier-looking
Just like the '60s car, the Renault 8 Gordini concept features additional
driving lights inset into the front grille and also rides on sporty
Also just like the original, the concept's designer Andrus Ciprian,
has envisaged a rear-mounted engine for the concept. It certainly
looks like there would be just enough space back there for a well-packaged
small displacement turbocharged 4-cylinder.
Two different versions of the Renault 8 Gordini concept have been
developed. The two models are virtually identical except for a different
roof design. One features individual B and C-pillars, while the other
is a more unusual design with wide dark-colored B-pillar fitted with
a central glass panel.
Overall, both versions of the concept make very attractive propositions.
Either one (or both) could inject a good deal of entry-level affordable
fun into the French manufacturer's lineup.
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