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According to the press release, the Renault 5 Diamant merges “automotive codes with those of interior decoration”. Some very French arts such as fine jewelry are evoked with “diamond” headlights. Inside, the steering wheel is a kind of recycled marble pretzel placed on a carbon tube, just like the storage compartment. Gonalons called upon craftsmen with whom he is used to working.
Thus, the marble comes from “Minéral Expertise” (patented Eco-Mineral-Process), the fabric of the armchairs is produced by the textile editor “Métaphores”, the fabric made of horsehair that is found on the dashboard comes from “Le Crin” (centenary craftsman). Even the mohair wool carpet comes from one of the last manufacturers of French art tapestry: Pinton. The vehicle also receives gilding on the ornaments. They are the work of the Bertin-Aubert workshop. The car was made with “Design et Solution” specialized in the realization of exceptional vehicles.
In short, this celebratory car handles the splits since the Renault 5 is one of the popular cars par excellence and it is treated here with the flagship of French craftsmanship and noble materials. Note the logo which combines both the new Renault logo and the initials of Pierre Gonalons.
Technically, the Renault 5 Diamant has gone 100% electric. A retrofit that comes with a fingerprint reader to unlock the doors. The meters have gone from analog to digital and smartphones can be installed to serve as a touch screen for infotainment.
As you have to live with the times, this Renault 5 Diamant will serve as the basis for a series of NFTs (arf!) which will be unveiled next September. The car will be auctioned a few weeks later and the proceeds will be donated to “Give me 5”, Renault’s new social responsibility project dedicated to young generations through sport and music.
“I am honored by Renault’s invitation to reinvent the mythical R5 on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The brand gave me carte blanche to design the car of my dreams,” said Pierre Gonalons, “The R5 embodies my eyes a pop, optimistic, resolutely contemporary life.With Renault 5 Diamant I wanted to pay homage to its revolutionary design while translating my universe of shapes and colors into the automotive world.
Our opinion, by leblogauto.com
Beautiful presentation of French craftsmanship, the collaboration with Gonalons gives an offbeat chic side to the popular R5. It’s hard to see a popular car with this three-coat paint, made of golden pigments on a pink base, covered with a frosted varnish. The marble replaces the toupee on the steering wheel but is it better? Well, we are not 50 years old every day so we will switch to the R5 this whim of wanting to play the Reinastella.
While waiting for the new electric Renault 5, Renault is unveiling a concept tribute to the Renault 5 “granny”, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Pierre Gonalons leaned over it and transformed it into the Renault 5 Diamant, an offbeat, outdated electric vehicle, like a little sour candy.