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Five times retro cars that were brought back to life with modern makeovers

Five times retro cars that were brought back to life with modern makeovers

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It gives companies the chance to make something really cool and showcase new technology.

Retro cars with modern makeovers

Brands trade on their heritage all the time. It makes sense, as it reminds buyers of their new cars of emotional connections to vehicles of the past. Sometimes it’s much simpler than that, as it just gives companies the chance to make something really cool and showcase new technology.

Hyundai is the latest car maker to do this, fitting an electric motor and cool LED headlights to its 1980s Grandeur.


Here are five more examples of manufacturers doing something similar…

Renault 5

The Renault 5 has become one of those cult classic models thanks to its boxy shape, and this inspired one of the coolest retro takes in recent years. Renault fitted an electric powertrain to a prototype with styling inspired by the old city car, and gave it a battery with a 250-mile range.

Retro Renault Best of all, Renault has confirmed that this is a preview for a production model that will be revealed soon…


Peugeot e-Legend

Another cool French car comes in the form of the e-Legend. Peugeot has been designing some stunning cars recently, and this concept is an example of what it can do when it’s having fun.

Retro PeugeotNaturally, it has an electric powertrain, but also takes styling cues from the classic 504 Coupe.


Opel Manta GSe ElektroMod

Opel, known as Vauxhall in the UK, is another brand using its cool old models to show off its electric powertrain technology. The ElektroMod was built by a small group of designers to celebrate 50 years since the original’s launch.

Retro OpelIts silhouette is similar to the original but it gets Vauxhall’s modern front end design language.


BMW 2002 Hommage

Another 50-year anniversary special, this model pays homage to the 2002 and its gorgeous, simple style.

Retro BMWThis doesn’t have an electric powertrain, though. Instead, it uses BMW’s 3.0-litre turbocharged engine from the M2, boasting some upgraded components from the M3.


Nissan IDx

Nissan brought a funky concept car to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show called IDx. It’s inspired by the classic Datsun 510 and is a two-door, rear-wheel drive sports car.

Retro NissanIt was said to use the 1.6-litre engine from the Juke Nismo, but sadly Nissan decided against putting it into production.


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