Renault Fugo. It kept smoldering – Oldtimers in Auto Motor Klassiek

That was wrong. The design of the Renault Fuego was attractive and balanced, the technology both tested and true. But the eternal prejudices …


So the eternal prejudices: Americans are fat and fake. All. The Germans have an evolutionary aversion to any joke, but again, statistically speaking, they have not limped as noticeably as the Belgians. And to mask their own garlic scent, the French are such masters of perfumery. But especially to build in bad cars. Here is the spread bed for the beautiful Renault Fuego.

God basic

With its predecessors, the twins Renault 15 and Renault 17, Renault had not had too much success. It did not deter the old brand from making a renewed attempt to bring a successful coupe to market. All the ingredients for it were there. In terms of technology, the Renault Fuego was almost entirely dependent on the Renault 18. A worse base could be imagined, contrary to what the entrenched French-Transport-Is-Always-Muck Blindfold Legion would have you believe. Its technology was almost bulletproof and was completed in the Renault Fuego with special innovations: remote control for the locks and radio control on the steering wheel in the most expensive versions. You did not find it on any other car at the time. Not even if a three-pointed star or flying chicken was exhibited on the expensive nose.


Of course, the Renault equipped the Fuego. Almost all cars still did so in the early 80s. But the brown stigma settled many times stronger on French cars than on the rest. While many Japanese models of the same age often disintegrated faster than their southern European counterparts. But it went without a hitch. And the electric spaghetti that went for electronics in Italian cars was in many cases worse than the technology in this Fuego, which in that area inevitably also got many beatings from nagging in-laws for birthdays. In fact, it went really well. Roadside Assistance used to be a busy business, but it certainly did not run only on Fuegos. Everything could and would break down when it came to cars, and that was normal. Not Renault Fuego.

The fastest

In 1980, Renault introduced this striking coupe, originally with a 1.4 or 1.6 liter petrol engine. The front tires lasted quite a long time, 64 or 95 hp did not immediately go up in smoke. Later, the rubber tracks on the asphalt became a bit thicker: the 2-liter version brought it up to 110 hp. The 1.6 liters in the Fuego Turbo stroked 132 hp on the road. The Fuego Turbo diesel was even the fastest diesel car on the market for a while, the 2.1 liter self-timer reached a top speed of 180 km / h. This was of course also thanks to the excellent Cw value of 0.32 of this design, created by Michel Jardin’s brain. His colleagues regularly had significantly fewer days.

Joie de vivre

Just watch the competition. Such a Scirocco looked much more unimaginative. especially German. A Manta from that era only became beautiful decades later. Capri was quite tasty, but also much more clumsy than the flamboyant Fuego. It seemed to radiate much more fun in life than its deathly serious competitors. Joie de vivre sounds very different than Joy of life† It believed more than 225,000 enthusiasts and bought a Renault Fuego until it went out of production in 1986. About 40,000 were built in Argentina until the curtain fell for this beautiful Renault in 1995. Sales figures made Fuego a success, but its poorly achieved image killed it immediately and forever. Indelible prejudices like a steppe fire; Renault Fuego deserved much better. It was not fair

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