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This Renault 5 ‘Diamant’ Restomod Is The Strangest Car You’ll See Today

Featuring a horsehair dashboard, a marble steering wheel and flashy pink paint in celebration of the Renault 5's 50th anniversary

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Renault - This Renault 5 ‘Diamant’ Restomod Is The Strangest Car You’ll See Today - News

The original Renault 5 was first unveiled back in 1972, and the tiny hatchback would go on to become a cult hero for the French firm with over five million units produced. The 5 is set to return towards the end of 2023 in the form of a retro-themed electric hatch, but in the meantime, we can feast our eyes on this blinged-out, 1970s-inspired pink Renault 5 restomod created in celebration of the original car’s 50th anniversary.

The project, dubbed the Renault 5 Diamant, has been a joint effort between French designer Pierre Gonalons and Renault. Even though the car has undergone a massive transformation, it’s still instantly recognisable as a Renault 5 thanks to its boxy shape, quirky front end and semi-covered rear wheels. Clearly, however, this is not your typical Renault 5. First, the supermini’s engine has been swapped out in favour of a battery pack and motor, and while we’re yet to hear any details about power, instant torque delivery in the 5’s lightweight chassis makes for an exciting prospect.

Renault - This Renault 5 ‘Diamant’ Restomod Is The Strangest Car You’ll See Today - News

A greater focus has been placed on the car’s aesthetics (for better or for worse), with a three-layer gold, pink and frost finish setting the tone for this machine’s wacky character. Other unique touches include ‘gem-like’ front and rear lights, wider Alpine sourced hub-cap wheels, golden door handles and mirrors and ‘R5 Diamant’ badging at the rear.

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The craziness carries on inside the Diamant, with an unusually shaped steering wheel made from recycled marble and a dashboard finished in hand-woven horsehair fabric with a smartphone holder sitting in the middle. The restomod even features a fingerprint scanner to unlock the car’s doors. We told you this is no ordinary Renault 5.

Renault - This Renault 5 ‘Diamant’ Restomod Is The Strangest Car You’ll See Today - News

Unfortunately for those eager to get behind the wheel of this wacky pink EV, the Diamant is just a concept car and won’t be sold to the public. However, the brand new all-electric Renault 5 will hit the roads by the end of 2023, while a sportier hot hatch version is set to launch in 2024.