Over the past few years, we’ve seen several automakers celebrate milestones with commemorative rides. This year, it’s Renault’s turn to celebrate its 50th anniversary. They opt for a collaboration with the designer Pierre Gonalons called the 5 Diamonds. This project takes a classic silhouette, gives it an electric powertrain, and revamps its aesthetic in the artist’s distinct style.
The car reflects the French brand’s journey in the past and what it holds for the future. So what we have here is a bespoke machine that retains the classic look of the iconic Renault 5. It also gets a collection of visual tweaks that transform it into something that looks like a fine piece of jewelry.
According to Gonalons, in addition to the donor platform provided by the company, he was encouraged to provide his personal touch. Therefore, anything you see that is not on the original trim is his original work. The 5 Diamant body now displays a mixture of gold and pink layers, which are then coated with a matte varnish.
Depending on the lighting and viewing angle, the exterior glows blue or gold. Gonalons then replaces the stock headlights and taillights with custom lights that look like gemstones. The 5 Diamant may look vintage, but Renault says it’s an electric vehicle. The lack of an exhaust tip should be a dead giveaway.
It sits on wheels sourced from the Alpine trim, but no longer shows spokes. The rims also show a solar emblem in the middle on a black background. The Renault 5 Diamant reveals a minimalist interior with a mix of materials like mohair wool, brass, gold, and even a spiral French marble steering wheel.
Images courtesy of Renault/Pierre Gonalons