7 RE­NAULT 5 TURBO 2 (1983-86)

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WHY IT’S HERE It’s a (slightly) civilised ev­ery­day ver­sion of the orig­i­nal 5 Turbo ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial

Re­nault heaved a sigh of re­lief once it had com­pleted the 400 Re­nault 5 Tur­bos needed to ho­molo­gate the car for Group 4 ral­ly­ing. There were so many unique light­weight parts in­volved that each one cost a for­tune that was hard to pass on to buy­ers.

The con­cept and im­age were good, but it had to build them more cheaply. Hence the Turbo 2, which re­mained me­chan­i­cally the same but used steel rather than alu­minium pan­els on the out­side, while in­side, the orig­i­nal’s racy con­cept car styling with Tech­ni­colour leather seats was re­placed by stan­dard hot-hatch fare lifted from other prod­ucts in Re­nault’s range, from the black plas­tic dash­board to the soft cloth seats.

All that made them much eas­ier and cheaper to build, and to buy. And they weren’t that no­tice­ably slower ei­ther. As a re­sult, Re­nault sold over 3000 of them in three years of pro­duc­tion – not bad for a still ex­pen­sive spe­cial­ist two-seater.

They are a hoot to drive, with masses of grip and the kind of quick and pre­cise steer­ing you get in a rac­ing kart. And that lit­tle mid-mounted en­gine punches well above its weight, with a gut­teral boom that you leave be­hind as you ac­cel­er­ate.

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