Motor (Australia)




LEGENDE AUTOMOBILE IS a newcomer to the restomod scene, bursting into view with its radical re-imagining of the iconic Renault 5 Turbo. Behind the LA-based firm sit four Frenchmen, comprising car designer Alan Dorosier, ex-stuntman Charly ‘SoCal’ Bompas, mechanical engineer Alexander Decleves and racecar builder Pierre Chaveyriat.

Many of the Turbo 3’s technical details remain under wraps, but the cliff notes so far sound like a recipe for success.

A hand-formed carbon fibre body is wider and the overall footprint is larger than an original Turbo 2, and sits on mammoth 16.0 x 8.0-inch and 17.0 x 11.0-inch wheels.

Double-wishbone suspension, front and rear, modelled off the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo rally car, suspends the lightweigh­t body and keeps a reported 294kW (400hp) in check. Though, from which powerplant specifical­ly, remains unclear. Aside from modern LED lights, it’s the interior that gives the biggest

hint to the Turbo

3’s modern constructi­on, with a re-profiled dash dipped in what looks to be Alcantara or flock, with a digital cluster, modern HVAC, fixed-back bucket seats, five-point harness and a full roll cage.

Legende Automobile claim to have “ignored all financial advice and spared no expense” in the Turbo 3’s developmen­t. With no price announced yet, you’ll likely need to do the same to park one of these pocket rockets in your garage.

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