The highly-anticipated Renault 5 Electric has been awarded with GQ's 'Prototype of the Year' award at their annual 2023 Car Awards. For 2023, the criteria for the awards were altered to only include electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The judges were looking for cars that were unique and inspiring for the top spot.
GQ judges were impressed with the Renault 5's Electric drivetrain and its design that pays homage to the original Renault 5.
On awarding the Renault 5 Prototype, GQ said:
"Thirty years on from the original’s retirement, the R5 is back as part of the “Renaulution”. Gilles Vidal has purposefully and playfully produced a modern, fully electric city car prototype that just happens to look like an entrant in the 2030 Monte Carlo Rally. With its flared wheel arches, off-centre bonnet air-intake and sexy rear light bar, the electric 5 bears all the hallmarks of a smoking hot hatch. If, as Renault describes it, this is the “nouvelle vague”, we are happy to ride it."
Guillaume Sicard, Country Head UK & Managing Director Renault Brand UK, added:
“We are exceptionally pleased to accept this prestigious award. It officially recognises how Renault continues to be at the forefront of electrification and is constantly innovating to bring electric vehicles within the reach of everyone. The Renault 5 Prototype is a car we are immensely proud of. It represents how important our roots are to us and takes one of Renault’s timeless successes and evolves it with a modern, 100 per cent electric twist perfectly suited to a future mobility that is fun, distinctive and environmentally compatible.”