Big things with little cars

French Friday: Renault R5 Turbo

Yet another HW straggler that I forgot I had, the 2013 Boulevard release of the Renault R5 Turbo. I got this one in a trade with R32Rennsport for my Speed Machines Audi TT-S, if I recall correctly. This is the car that began Renault’s fine tradition of stuffing the engine in the back of otherwise staid hatchbacks, one I exhibited last week with the Megane Trophy.

Based loosely on the humble Renault 5 (Le Car to us Yanks) and never sold in the US, the R5 was built to homologate the car for rally use. There are now a number here that were imported in period and now under the 25 year rule. I’ve only ever seen one in person, a red example going hard down a backroad while I was out cycling, but it’s a car I’ve loved since childhood. I mean, look at the thing! It’s as long as it is wide, has a huge turbo, and scoops and vents everywhere! What’s not to like?

Since I’ll likely never have a chance to own one, this will have to do.


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