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Renault 5 Turbo 2
With the extensive feedback from last month’s ‘eighties’ feature thread, we decided this morning to have a look at that old French fancy the Renault 5 Turbo.
Stone me if you weren’t right, dear readers, the pocket rocket was indeed a very cool car. Mid-engined, and packing around 180 horsepower, this was of the same philosophy of that other nutty supermini, the Metro GR4 – and in fact, must have inspired its creation.
Reminds me of a kid I went to school with who wrapped his dad’s version of the car (which looked almost exactly like the car in the gallery) into the middle of a roundabout, some time in 1986.
Thing is, you never saw that many of these around back in the day – they were always pretty elusive, so it didn’t leap out at us as being anywhere definitive of the eighties.
Some great period footage below featuring Jean Ragnotti in A 5 Turbo at Monaco and other spots. Oooh La La!
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