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The performance model was set apart from the rest of the range thanks to its distinctive alloy wheels and rubbing strip, which ran alongside the side of the car and into a boot lid spoiler.
This was the first time Renault had fitted a turbocharger to a production car.
First came the 1108cc of 1964, which was followed by the more powerful 1255cc in 1966, known as the Gordini 1300.
It was also ‘blessed’ with the interior of a regular supermini, which isn’t great when you’re pitching a car against genuine sports cars.
A go-faster turbocharged version arrived in 1982, which paved the way for one of the greatest hot hatches of the 80s…Renault 5 GT Turbo“Gordon Bennett!
” proclaimed the double page press ads, as Renault took a lump hammer to the hot hatch fight.
A 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds meant that, pound for pound, the £7,360 5 GT Turbo was the best value hot hatch you could buy.
Renault 5 Turbo/Turbo 2But of course, the real hero was the homologation special Renault 5 Turbo.
Renaultsport Clio V6Every so often, the mad people of Renault Sport decide to smoke something a little stronger than a Gauloise and let their hair down a little.