Renault 15 and 17 cars history
Years of production
1971 to 1979
Renault 15: 209,887 copies
1,289 cm to 1 647 cm
The Renault 15 and 17 are two models of Renault automobiles derived from the Renault 12 sedan produced from July 1971 until 1979 . The Renault 15 and 17 were initially assembled in Sandouville alongside the R16, then, in the winter of 1973, they were transferred to the Chausson factory because Sandouville had more gave priority to the Renault 20 and 30 to prepare the succession of the R16. Renault 15 was so designated because it was equipped with an engine of 1565 cm 3 and the Renault 17 for the engine 1 647 cm 3. In some countries where the number 17 is known to bring bad luck as the 13 in France, it was renamed 177.
These cars are both front wheel drive with a rigid rear axle, with a front cantilever engine . The dual brake system is innovative.The 15 and 17 are twin cars. Their design, due to the designer Gaston Juchet , is original. The grille is characterized by the bumper that surrounds its lower part.The 17 stands out from the 15 by its four round headlamps instead of the two single optics and by its rear guard grids that generate lower rear side windows smaller than on the 15 where they start.
Four versions made: 15 TL, 15 TS, 17 TL and 17 TS. The engine of the TL is derived from that of the 12 ; that of the 15 TS and 17 TL, the 16 TS; and that of 17 TS, 12 Gordini . On the 15 TL, TS and 17 TL, the power is slightly increased compared to the 12, however, it is lowered on the 17 TS (R1313 / R1323). It is equipped for the first time at Renault, a Bosch D Jetronic electronic injection engine that allows it to reach 185 km / h . For the 1974 models , the 17 TS (R1317 / R1327) receives a 1605 cm 3 Cleon-Alu engine without power change and for 1975 the 17 TS will be renamed 17 Gordini without mechanical modification.
The 17 in a convertible version comes with a sunroof in canvas and electric hard-top.
In February 1976 , the 15 and 17 are modified: the dashboard, the grille, the shields, the rear lights widened (with fog light) connected by a red band, the rear spoiler (except 15 TL) and the wheels without chrome hubcap are new. The seats are of the "petal" type (except 15 TL). The TS is replaced by the 1,289 cm 3 motor GTL . 17 TS (R1318 / R1328) reappears with the engine of 1647 cm 3 developing 98 ch DIN ( 170 km / h ) from the 16 TX. For 1978 , the 17 Gordini is removed and the 17 TS continues only in discoverable version.
The 15th and 17th were produced until 1979 and replaced by the Fuego .
- Coach 15 TL (over 150 km / h , no bonnet boss): " Cléon-Fonte engine " 1,289 cm 3 , 7 hp tax, 60 hp DIN , automatic transmission optional for 1974.
- Coach 15 TS ( 170 km / h , tachometer, electric windows, wheel trims): " Engine Cleon-Alu " 1 565 cm 3 , 9 HP , 90 hp DIN , automatic transmission optional since March 1972.
- 17 TL ( 170 km / h , tachometer, power windows, center console with watch, wheel trims): 1 565 cm 3 , 9 HP , 90 hp DIN , automatic transmission optional since March 1972.
- 17 TS (more than 180 km / h , tachometer, power windows, center console with watch, tinted windows with laminated windshield, wide Gordini-style wheels): 1,565 cm 3 , 9 HP , 108 hp DIN , five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes.
Engine Fuel: gasoline
Engines: Cleon-Cast Iron 1289cm,engine Cleon-Alu 1565cm,1605cm,1647cm
Drive: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: manual 4 and 5 speed,auto 3 speeds
Unloaded weight: 950 to 1080 kg
Length: 4,255 mm
Width: 1,630 mm
Height: 1,320 mm
wheelbase: 2,440 mm