Safrane, while Renault still wanted to cross the Rhine

Safrane, while Renault still wanted to cross the Rhine

Thirty years ago, the diamond attacked Audi 100, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class without complex and Safrane. France final score who will win?

there” a car that he should drive says Les Nuls is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, which no longer exists today, in March 1992. Whether it was the limited edition Palme d’Or, the Baccara Biturbo or the air-conditioned Alizé version, the Renault Safrane lasted for eight years. on the list of former managers. From 1992 to 2000, he was the leader of the series following the R25.

A multi-card sales representative, Safrane was also an expert exerciser, he knew how to do splits. between the powerful 2.0i 8-valve variant of 107 hp and the version whose V6 PRV engine filled with a pair of turbos claimed 268 equines. Moreover, this Safrane Biturbo remains, to this day, the last attempt to prevent the first brands of Germany on their own grounds. At a time when French panache in terms of cars was not difficult. Of course, the Peugeot 508 PSE and DS9 E-Tense 4×4 360 come out stronger today through the hybrid.

“Avant” or “Touring” Safrane was almost ready

As the first rivals, the Audi 100, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class were all available in sedans and station wagons, the Safrane “SW” was considered. This is an example of the Long Course proposed by Heuliez in 1994.© DR

Not yet with this in mind to compete with the first cousin, a chic station wagon model was proposed by the French coachbuilder Heuliez.. Christened Long Courses, this style study presented in the fall of 1994 at the Paris Motor Show was based on the Safrane Biturbo which implanted an elegant, powerful brutality into its design. More of a hunting station wagon than a utility vehicle as it was still confined to this bodywork at the time.

In 1996, a mid-career overhaul gave it a meaner air and a more attractive grille at the the back, the Safrane loses its horizontal light theme, American style, like that of the Renault Premier., area 25, in favor of “L” shaped lights and clearly evokes the Bavarian rival. Assigned to the Sandouville factory, in Seine Maritime, Safrane production does not exceed 300,000 units. It was not the Vel Satis, which arrived in 2002, after two years of an unusual void at the top of the range, then the Latitude from 2010 to 2015 and finally the Talisman from 2015 to 2022 who took the torch. A shame.

Posted on 06/09/2022 Updated 06/09/2022