Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, Renault 8 Gordini is a sports version of Renualt 8, with a 1.1 liter engine developing 85 horsepower, and with quite impressive performance of 170 km/h top speed and 33 seconds to reach 1,000 meters from standstill.
With successful sale of the 1100 version, production of which totalled 2,626 units, Renault followed through with a 1300 version in 1966 which packed some serious upgrades, such as 1255 cc engine developing 110 bhp SAE (88 bhp DIN) at 6750 rpm, a five-speed gearbox, and a 26-liter additional fuel tank in the front trunk.
Instantly recognizable with its four headlamps, blue color with two white straps and small size, Renault 8 Gordini was nicknamed “La Gorde”, with version from 1966 reaching sales of over 9000 units.
During the 1964 Tour de Corse, out of 79 cars at the starting line, only eight finished, with Gordini making an exceptionally impressive entry into the world of motor sport by taking first, third, fourth and fifth places.
True to its design and purpose, Gordini continued to prove its quality and sporting talent by taking three successive Tour de Corse victories, in 1964, 1965 and 1966. A car that won hearts of sports-minded motorists everywhere, The 1964 model of Renault 8 Gordini was refreshed in 1967, when Renault introduced a minor facelift consisting of two new headlights and an engine upgrade to 70 horsepower.
Renault 8 Gordini Technical Specifications:
1108 cc 4 cylinder
Maximum power output: 96 PS (95 bhp) (71 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Maximum torque: 98.0 Nm (72 lb.ft) @ 6500 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain: RWD
Transmission: 4 speed Manual
Top Speed: 171 km/h or 106 Mph
Acceleration 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 Km/h): 12.30 s
Length: 398.8 cm or 157.01 inches
Width: 148.6 cm or 58.5 inches
Height: 130.8 cm or 51.5 inches
Wheelbase: 227.3 cm or 89.49 inches