The first Venturi came out in 1984, created by Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godfroy, two former engineers at Heuliez. The goal was to present the only "Grand Tourisme" French car capable of competing with the English Aston Martin, the Italian Ferrari, and the German Porsche. The first car shown had a Volkswagen Golf GTi engine and the name was originally spelled "Ventury", with a "y" at the end. In 1985, the car was shown with a 200 PS (147 kW) Peugeot 505 Turbo engine, but by the 1986 Paris Motor Show it had reached its definitive form with the PRV V6 engine and on BBS wheels. The same mid-engine setup as in the Renault Alpine V6 GT Turbo. With a weight of just 1200 kg and an output of 200 horsepower 100 km/h was reached in seven seconds. Only at 245 km/h the acceleration ended , partly thanks to its favorable Cd value 0.31. Production began in 1987, with five type “210” cars built in the first year.
Just over two hundred pieces of the “210” left the factory in 1989.