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Renault 5 GT Turbo from € 4,200: Fastest small car turbo of the 80s

Renault 5 GT Turbo from € 4,200
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Formula 1 technology for small cars

Not every manufacturer succeeds in the transfer from motorsport to series production. The Régie Renault, however, mastered the transfer of its pioneering work in Formula 1, the introduction of the turbo engine, to the sporty series models. Even with the smallest offspring, the Renault 5, Renault relied on a turbocharger that provides more engine power: from 1980 first in the R5 Alpine Turbo, then from April 1985 in the second generation of the small car from Billancourt called 'Supercinq' (super five) . Both turbo versions also proved themselves in the tough one-make cup turmoil on the racetracks.

Like all Supercinq models, the Renault 5 GT Turbo had a transverse engine at the front. Renault also adapted the chassis to the bigger muscles of its little one: the R5 GT Turbo came 38 millimeters closer to the asphalt, received a new rear axle with a wider track, internally ventilated brake discs at the front and disc brakes instead of drum brakes at the rear.

Poisonous brakes, good chassis, outstanding performance

While this brake system was criticized as 'poisonous' in the first test in car, motor and sport the chassis of the Renault 5 GT Turbo got good marks. Most of all, however, the 115 hp, supercharged R5 impresses with its performance: a top speed of almost 200 km /h and acceleration from standstill to 100 km /h in under eight seconds were records in its class Renault 5 GTE as the successor with turbo optics, but only a naturally aspirated engine, was just a tired copy - both on the racing track and in everyday car life. As a youngtimer it has to be the Renault 5 GT Turbo today. But the fan of the R5 GT Turbo is like many fans of speeding small cars: First find one!

If you then find what you are looking for, you have to pay around 4,200 euros for a good specimen in state 2, according to classic analytics calculate. Although there are a few Renault 5 GT Turbo cars from 400 euros upwards, they are mostly burned-out five-hand cars with massive rust and technical problems.


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