With this dynamic, fiery name, Renault maintained the tradition of the semi-sports coupé, combining the comfort of a saloon with an elegant styled exterior.
A new saloon with the mechanics of Renault 18
When designing a coupé, carmakers either come up with a totally new car or build on an existing model. Since Caravelle and Renault 15 and 17, Renault has chosen the middle way with brand new bodies based on a single saloon platform.
Launched in 1980, Fuego obeyed that logic: the base model came from Renault 18, while the style of its lines, reinforced by a black strip that merged into a large rounded rear, was totally new.
A bold car with many special features
It bore the signature of designer Robert Opron and struck a good balance between comfort, roominess and sports-car feel. It was available with several engine sizes, from the 1.4 litre TL versions to the 2 litre GTX models.
Another special feature of the Fuego was its name, breaking with the practice of naming cars by number that began in 1961 with Renault 4. It reflected a car with temperament, particularly in evidence in the turbocharged version released in September 1983.