Renault 5 Prototype named “Prototype of the Year”

The Renault 5 Prototype continued to deliver as one of the most anticipated electric vehicles as it won “Prototype of the Year” at the GQ Car Awards. For 2023 the awards were updated to include only pure electric and plug in hybrid models as a reflection the change coming to the motor industry over the next decade.

The car was first seen at last year’s Festival of Speed and takes it’s styling cues from the Supercinq and the Renault 5 Turbo with its extended rear arches. The features taken from the original Renault 5 have been reimagined to work alongside modern features, such as the hood vent that now conceals the charging cable socket or the tail lamps that have aerodynamic baffles.

The Renault 5 Prototype proved to GQ judges that it was inspiring, interesting, had integrity, and was overall an exciting prospect for the future of electric cars.

GQ commented on the Renault 5 Prototype, “Thirty years on from the original’s retirement, the R5 is back as part of the “Renaulution”. Gilles Vidal has purposefully and playfully produced a modern, fully electric city car prototype that just happens to look like an entrant in the 2030 Monte Carlo Rally. With its flared wheel arches, off-centre bonnet air-intake and sexy rear light bar, the electric 5 bears all the hallmarks of a smoking hot hatch. If, as Renault describes it, this is the “nouvelle vague”, we are happy to ride it.”

Guillaume Sicard, Country Head UK and Managing Director Renault Brand UK added, “…The Renault 5 Prototype is a car we are immensely proud of. It represents how important our roots are to us and takes one of Renault’s timeless successes and evolves it with a modern, 100 per cent electric twist perfectly suited to a future mobility that is fun, distinctive and environmentally compatible.”

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