Pochodzi z epoki, gdy tworząc możliwie konkurencyjne rajdówki, producenci zmuszeni byli wypuszczać krótkie homologacyjne serie produkcyjne. Z turbodoładowanym, umieszczonym centralnie silnikiem Renault 5 Turbo osiągało doskonałe wyniki zarówno na trasach rajdowych, jak i w sprzedaży, do czego przyczyniła się efektowna stylizacja Marcello Gandini’ego z Bertone. W ogłoszeniu jeden z 1820 wyprodukowanych egzemplarzy z bardziej szanowanej i poszukiwanej pierwszej serii, wyróżniającej się niezwykle awangardowym wnętrzem, którego bardziej moglibyśmy spodziewać się wewnątrz samochodu studyjnego, niż sprzedawanej w salonach drogowej wersji samochodu wyczynowego. Choć z czasach swojej młodości te samochody często były kupowane jako awangardowe bulawarówki, nie uświadczy się tu luksusu – klimatyzacji brak, silnik tuż za plecami, a w walce o niską masę zrezygnowano nawet z wygłuszeń. W ostatnich latach ceny tego kultowego modelu mocno rosną, choć ta tendencja dotyczy wyłącznie najlepiej zachowanych egzemplarzy, jak ten w ogłoszeniu.
RENAULT 5 TURBO
Top Speed: 130
0 – 60: 6.9
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Engine Congiguration: Inline 4
Colour: Olympe Blue Metallic
Interior Colour: Blue & Red Cloth
The Renault 5 Turbo was a high-performance hatchback launched by the French manufacturer at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1980. Seven years after winning the World Rally Championship in 1973, Renault introduced the new R5 Turbo as a pure homologation special to compete in Group 3 and 4 racing and international rally competition. In response to Lancia’s rallying success with the mid-engined Stratos, Renault’s Jean Terramorsi, vice-president of production, asked Bertone’s Marc Deschamps to design a new sports version of the Renault 5 Alpine supermini. The distinctive new rear bodywork was styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. Although the standard Renault 5 had a front-mounted engine, the 5 Turbo featured a mid-mounted 1397cc Cléon-Fonte turbocharged engine placed behind the driver mid-body, in a modified Renault 5 chassis. In standard form, the engine developed 158hp and 163 lb ft of torque.
Though it used a modified body from a standard Renault 5 and was badged a Renault 5, the mechanicals were radically different, the most obvious difference being rear-wheel drive and the mid-engine placement. At the time of its launch it was the most powerful production French car. Renault’s initial plan was to produce just 400 road-going examples, the minimum needed for homologation purposes. When the car was revealed to the public at the 1980 Brussels Motor Show, however, Renault was surprised to see the level of customer interest in its narrowly-focused race car for the street. In the car’s first three production years, the Dieppe, France, Alpine factory produced 1,820 R5 Turbos, though it isn’t clear how many examples wound up wearing registration plates instead of competition numbers.
Electric front windows, pop-out rear windows, CD player, Map light, Numbered plaque, Ash tray, Cigarette lighter, Lockable glove compartment, Spare wheel.
This unmistakable 80s super-hatch is finished in gorgeous Olympe Blue metallic, contrasting nicely against the bumpers, Turbo decals, and trim. The overall aesthetic is dazzling to say the least, and remains untainted by any scuffs or scrapes.
On close inspection all panels line up exactly as they should. The lightweight aluminium doors and roof remain straight, with the fibreglass flared wings and vented bonnet presenting well too. Undoubtedly the car is in wonderful condition throughout, maintaining a corrosion-free body and underside.
Having more in common with an 80’s concept car than a small French hatchback, the interior of the Turbo is beautifully appointed in red and blue. The seats are perfectly in keeping with the vibrant exterior; the original upholstery is in first-rate condition, showing little or no wear to the cloth centres or vinyl bolsters.
Aside from some expected discolouration to the carpets the interior presents extremely well. The dash and centre console are in good order with zero fading to note; the fabric door cards and headlining are also free from any marks. The central plaque shows this example to be number 1091 off the production line.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The centrally mounted 1397cc unit in the Turbo was derived from the Renault 5 Alpine hot hatch, known as the Gordini in the UK. Using a modified Lancia Stratos as a testbed, Renault began work on increasing the engine’s output from a normally aspirated 93hp to a turbocharged 158hp; the result is what you see here.
Neatly enclosed behind the front seats the engine is hidden away by carpeted panels, which are easily removable using a special Allen key. The engine itself is in excellent order and has never been modified. What’s more the gearbox still feels tight and precise, which is not surprising given the car’s low mileage.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Turbo sits on the original set of alloy wheels, colour-matched in blue to the external trim. Having recently benefitted from a full refurbishment the wheels present absolutely as new, with a glistening diamond cut finish.
The alloys are shod in a matching set of Michelin TRX tyres all round, as per the original factory specification. Presenting with ample tread the tyres remain in good order.
This example was first registered on 15th September 1981 and has covered just 57,639km, or 35,815 miles, since then. Throughout its life the car remained in Europe, leaving Italy for a private Belgian collection earlier this year. The car has now been imported into the UK by 4 Star.
Present in the history file is an original R5 Turbo sales brochure as well an identity card from the ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano). Unfortunately the service book has been lost however there is evidence of regular maintenance from the service stickers present in the driver’s door shut. Since arriving at 4 Star the vehicle has received our usual full inspection and proves to be in excellent mechanical fettle.