A new version of the 6 TL using the 1.1 litre Cléon engine (an engine used in the Renault 8 since 1962) was unveiled at the 1970 Paris Motor Show. The new car also has higher equipment levels as well a new gearbox, cooling system and front disc brakes.
A larger unit, the 1289 cc engine from the new Renault 12, was added in 1970, giving birth to the R10 1300.
Two new R12 variants were introduced. The estate was launched with the same trim levels and engines as in the saloon and a high performance Renault 12 Gordini model was introduced equipped with the all-aluminium 1565 cc block from the R16 TS fitted with two double-barrel Weber carburettors producing 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp), a reinforced crankshaft, a five speed gearbox, ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels and normal disc brakes on the rear wheels, as well as a tuned suspension. The Gordini was able to reach 185 km/h (115 mph) and was sold with paint schemes comprising a solid pastel colour (there were several to choose from) with double white stripes added on, the most famous combination being French Blue with stripes.
Front seatbelts are installed on all R16s.
The original Rodeo is based on the platform of the Renault 4 van, with an 845 cc engine.
£599 (incl. P.T.)
De luxe £649 (incl. P.T.)
The amazing little 'do-every thing' French car with sealed cooling system, 'no-grease' all-independent suspension, and front wheel drive has detail improvements for 1971. The de luxe model now has 12-volt lighting and starting in place of the six volts of the standard version, and there is a hinged, foldaway rear parcels shelf. The passenger's front door has a key-lock, and the handbrake has a covered grip. With its four doors, lift-up rear tailgate, removeable seats, and supple suspension, the R4 is unusually versatile. The engine has removeable liners.
£820 (incl. P.T.)
As introduced, the Renault 6 was something of a 'poor man's 16' - a very useful hold-all powered by the well-proven 845 c.c. four-cylinder engine developed from the Gordini unit. Now, the latest 6 has the 1108 c.c. engine which also powers the Renault 8 and 10. It is supplementary to the 6 but with the extra power is a useful load-carrier. Top speed is around 84 m.p.h., and the engine has an electric cooling fan. Like the larger 16, the 6-1100 has a lift-up tailgate and fold-down rear seat. There are nine-inch disc brakes at the front.
L: £895 (incl. P.T.)
TL: £949 (incl. P.T.)
The nationalised French manufacturer's latest model was introduced last year with front engine, front wheel drive and smooth performance. By mounting the five-bearing engine well forward, a great deal of useful space has been gained inside the fastback four-door saloon. For 1971 the TL has heated rear window and front passenger grab-rail as standard equipment. On the 12L the heated rear window is an optional extra. Both have four cylinder engines with removeable cylinder liners. Much attention was paid to design, and top speed is nearly 90 m.p.h.
From £1,028 (incl. P.T.)
For 1971 the adaptable Renault 16 has a new engine of 1565 c.c. in place of the earlier 1470 c.c. but it has a different cylinder head and carburettor to the sporty TS. The new engine lifts power from 63 to 71 b.h.p. (SAE) and maximum speed is up to 95 m.p.h. Servo-assisted disc/drum brakes are now standard. Made in two versions, the 16 and the 16TL retain the desirable saloon/estate attributes which started a fashion, and the latter model has a heated rear window as normal equipment. There are automatic gearbox and electrically operated sun-roof as optional extras.
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