The R8 Gordini is nothing short of legendary! This was one the most popular sports models ever made by Renault, offering a top speed of 175 km/h at a very affordable price.
A popular sports car
Few cars can have made such an impact on their time as Renault 8 Gordini, which appeared in 1964 to open up the thrill of sports driving to a whole generation. Though the “Gorde”, as it was affectionately known, was based on the R8 Major, racetrack modifications at the hand of wizard Amédée Gordini left it largely unrecognisable. Nothing was done by halves: the original model’s sensible engine was transfigured to squeeze out almost twice the power, with changes like a new cylinder head and two splendid Weber carburettors.
Guaranteed success and thrills
Then suspensions, steering, brakes and equipment were upgraded consistent with the top speed of 175 km/h. Outer signs of this remarkable sporting aptitude included round instrument dials and a smart blue finish with white stripes. The 1108 cc engine of the initial release gave way to a 1255 cc unit with the 1966 facelift, which also brought in the telltale dual headlamps. The Gordini Cup, introduced the same year, went a long way to developing the R8 Gordini legend, consolidating its reputation with an impressive list of racing honours.
Many racing drivers learned their craft at the wheel of an R8 Gordini, and hold very fond memories of it. In 1970, the great little R8 Gordini finally gave way to an R12 model bearing the same name.