The Renault 17 was released at the Paris Motor Show in October 1971. It was a front wheel drive, front-engined, two-door coupé with an overhead valve, 1600cc engine and five-speed manual gearbox. With a kerb weight of 1055 kg, it boasted a maximum speed of 179 km/h from its 108bhp at 6000rpm. In 1974, the R17 TS engine was upgraded to 1647 cc and it was renamed the R17 Gordini.