Renault Safrane

Renault Safrane

Year of production 1992 - ...


Category: Current and younger models

The Renault Safrane was an executive car designed and built by the French manufacturer Renault from 1992 to 2000. Throughout its lifespan it remained the most expensive and most luxurious Renault available, although its commercial success was limited, compared to some similar models. It was replaced by the Vel Satis, and to some extent by the short-lived two-door Avantime.

Starting in 2008, a new model, based directly on Renault Samsung SM5 sedan, is also called Renault Safrane.


The Safrane was launched in late 1992 to replace the ageing Renault 25 in the full-size market segment. Its clean, aerodynamic styling was quite conservative and very typical of early 1990s car design, also quite reminiscent of the 25's.

All Safranes were five-door liftbacks with transversely mounted engines. Front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions were available, with a range of petrol or diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions. All petrol engines were fuel-injected and were fitted with three-way catalytic converters, as required in Europe after 1993 for engines of all sizes. The Safrane was also the first Renault to be equipped with air bags.

Safrane Biturbo

In 1994, Renault launched the high-performance Biturbo version available in RXE and Baccara models. This model featured a twin-turbo, 262 PS (193 kW; 258 hp) evolution of the 3.0 L V6 of the Alpine A610, developed with the assistance of German tuning firms Hartge and Irmscher, coupled with all wheel drive. However, it was only available with a manual transmission, as no automatic gearbox existed anywhere in the world for a transversely mounted engine of that horsepower with AWD. Given that automatic transmissions and V8 engines are strongly preferred in the price class where Biturbo competed, it is not surprising that only 806 Biturbos were made. Production ended in September 1996.

In the same year, the French coachbuilder Heuliez presented the Safrane Long Cours, which was something like a station wagon version of the Safrane Biturbo in luxury Baccara trim.


Renault gave the Safrane a major upgrade in 1996 in order to revive sales. The front and rear ends of the car were restyled in a much more modern fashion and the equipment levels upgraded. The concept that every trim level got a slightly different front end was retained. A redesign of the manual transmission's cable actuator solved the shift-quality issue, while a new Aisin Warner automatic transmission replaced the somewhat unreliable Renault unit which was well known to dump its transmission fluid on the road generally without prior warning. The series I automatics are probably therefore best avoided second hand.

Produced sub-models Models

1 I
1992 - 2000
2 II Samsung SM5 A34R
2005 - 2010
3 III Samsung SM5 L43
2009 - ...


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Safrane I automatic transmission ad8 diesel s8u.pdf English 713 KB 36
Safrane I safrane mr302safrane1.PDF English 3.13 MB 221
Safrane I safrane mr302safrane0.PDF English 219 KB 18
Safrane s8u s9u engines.pdf English 1.11 MB 75
Safrane 852 j8s engines.pdf English 1.73 MB 119
Safrane safrane mr302 mr303.rar English 15.5 MB
Safrane 852 j8s engine.pdf English 1.76 MB 119
Safrane I safrane nt2265a 2554a.rar Czech 1.54 MB 158
Safrane I safrane mr302 mr303 cesky.rar Czech 9.9 MB
Safrane 852 j8s motor opravarenska prirucka.pdf Czech 5.39 MB 119
Safrane I safrane mr302 mr303 french.pdf French 16.5 MB 1 407
Safrane I 1992 - 2000 safrane mr302 303 esp.pdf Spanish 17.4 MB 1 402
Safrane I manual de taller renault Spanish 16 MB

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1996 Renault Safrane I 3.0 (182 cui) b6

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Performance 121 kW (165 PS) at 5000 rpm. Fuel gasoline. 4-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 2 985 ccm (182 cui), 6-cylinder, Boxer.

2000 Renault Safrane I 2.2 (134 cui)

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Performance 83 kW (113 PS) . Fuel diesel. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 2 200 ccm (134 cui), G8TW7.

1994 Renault Safrane I 2.2 (132 cui)

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Performance 101 kW (137 PS) at 5750 rpm. Fuel gasoline. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 2 165 ccm (132 cui), 4-cylinder, In-Line, 12-valves, J7R 726.

2000 Renault Safrane I 2.2 (134 cui)

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Fuel diesel. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 2 188 ccm (134 cui), 4-cylinder, G8T.

1999 Renault Safrane I V6

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Performance 140 kW (190 PS) . Fuel gasoline. 4-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 6-cylinder, Furcate, 24-valves.

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