Renault Safrane Biturbo (1994): the story of the misunderstood superberlina French

Only 806 units Renault Safrane Biturbo were produced between 1994 and 1996. A car is much more exclusive and exotic than many Ferrari, and find a unit for sale in Spain is really complicated. In an era in which the engines of high displacement and the automatic changes were constant in the sedans to high performance, a Renault with engine V6, twin-turbo, all-wheel drive, manual gearbox and premium price was a bet as a bit risky. This is the story of the Renault Safrane Biturbo, a misunderstood and forgotten superberlina that we wanted to rescue from oblivion.

The goal of Renault was to compete against the German rivals, fighters, Autobahn, rings, stars and propellers in their calandras.

Renault launched the Safrane in 1992. It was the replacement for the already old Renault 25, a sedan segment D, a flagship for the brand. Not managed to sell more units than the Renault 25, and it was reemplazad0 by the even less successful Vel Satis. The bulk of sales of the D segment was to the Lagoon, much cheaper and with better quality-price ratio. But the Renault Safrane was a special one, with details close to what premium, and an image very neat. In 1994, Renault decided to launch an exclusive version of the high performance of the Safrane.


Is called the Safrane Biturbo, and was only available in the finishes RXE and Baccara, belonging to the top range. Its predecessor – the Renault 25 – I had already had a version of high-performance, equipped with the well-known V6 PRV 2.5 liters, turbocharged up to 182 HP. For his successor, Renault decided to go to two preparers of prestige: Hartge and Irmscher. Known for their modifications on vehicles German, helped Renault to convert your Safrane in a missile ground-to-ground of 268 HP.

When it went on sale in Spain, it was priced higher than 10 million pesetas of the time.

The engine starting was the V6 PRV 3.0 litres and two valves per cylinder. It was the same engine that the Alpine A610 Turbo was mounted, but in the case of the sporty, supercharged by a single turbo Garrett. Hartge transformed to the engine PRV V6, with two turbochargers KKK in series – not in parallel, as its name Biturbo might suggest. The initial proposal of Hartge/Irmscher developed a whopping 300 HP, but Renault was ordered to reduce its power to 268 HP, alleging that the gearbox does not bear so much power.

renault-safrane-biturbo-4These 268 HP at 5,500 rpm were accompanied by maximum torque of 365 Nm at 2,500 rpm and went to the four wheels of the car using a all-wheel drive system Quadra 4WD. 268 HP were far too many for a configuration of front-wheel drive. The system 4×4 was effective: the priority was the front axle, but using a viscous coupling could send up to 90% of the power to the rear-wheel drive, and it had a lock of power for better traction in low-grip surfaces – only in first gear.

Had power steering, independent variable, as well as a Bosch ABS equipment premium in 1994.

The system Quadra 4WD added weight to the sedan, which marked 1.724 pounds on the scale. All in all, allowed to make a 0 to 100 km/h in 7,2 seconds, achieving a top speed of respectable 250 km/h. The Renault Safrane Biturbo had a series of air suspension adaptive Boge-Sachs, and interestingly, it was only available with a manual gearbox five relationships. It was one of his disadvantages compared to rivals like the Mercedes E420, BMW 535i or Audi S6 4.2, all of which have power and performance comparable, and automatic option.

why not triumphed actually the Renault Safrane Biturbo? Dynamically test of the time praised him, and he was really equipped to a premium level. Loaded with technology, and with a careful design. Renault had problems to sell only 806 units, and the problem was mainly the diamond that they had in the hood. The customer of a Mercedes E-Class or even considered an alternative to the Renault and when he heard that the Renault it cost a whopping 10.950.000 esp atragantaba the food.

Just sold 806 units. Today it is a car even more exclusive and unique than a Ferrari F40.

Also sin of being too discreet, with 17-inch wheels and a small spoiler as main differences with other Safrane. The Renault Safrane Biturbo did not survive in the face wash of 1996. Were discontinued, leaving it as a historical anecdote that we have wanted to rescue in motor, and give them their 15 minutes of deserved fame. Clearly, deserves to be in the olympus of the car French. Blessed madness.

Source: ARonline | CT