Renault 19 16S
The Renault 19 is a C-Segment car launched in 1988 and styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. It’s performance version, the Renault 19 16S (16 Soupapes), launched in 1989 in 3-door hatchback bodystyle.
The car was fitted with a naturally aspirated, 16 valve, 1764 cm3 engine with Renix ECU, that produced 138 hp (103 kw) of power and 164 Nm of torque. The 19 16S was praised for its excellent handling thanks to the uprated lower suspension setup and front strut bar. It also featured an upgraded braking system that included 259 mm (10.2 in) vented discs on the front and 237 mm (9.3 in) discs on the rear. The Phase 2 models gear ratios were also revised, to allow for the extra weight found in the safety equipment the later models carried.
Renault claimed an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 8.2 seconds. Each model boasted 137 PS (101 kW; 135 hp) in a catalysed form and a top speed of 215 km/h (134 mph). Phase I included a non catalysed version with 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp).
Visually, the car had redesigned bumpers, a distinctive air inlet on the bonnet, a rear spoiler, 15 inch “Speedline” alloy wheels, side skirts, twin headlamps, Recaro bucket seats with optional leather trim, in 1 exhaust manifold and ABS braking system with optional trip computer, aircon and electric sunroof. The facelifted Phase 2 retained the original bumpers found throughout the range but added colour coded tops, rubber inserts, and a discreet lower splitter.
In 1995, Renault 19 was replaced by the first generation of the Renault Megane.
Renault 19 16S
Multipoint Fuel Injection
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259 mm Ventilated Discs
238 mm Discs