Renault R5 Turbo, 1980. Based on the Renault R5 hatchback but with the engine turbo-charged and placed amidships, the R5 Turbo was primarily designed for rallying. The new rear bodywork was styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. In line with Group 4 homologation rules 400 road cars had to be built as well as the dedicated rally versions. In fact in total 3576 R5 Turbos were manufactured during a four-year production run in two series (Turbo and Turbo 2)
A mid-mounted and originally 1397 cc turbocharged engine, in a modified Renault 5 chassis with rear-wheel drive, or in other words a production line supermini injected with mechanical steroids to become a rally incarnation…and finally a legend.
Driven by Jean Ragnotti in 1981, the R5 Turbo won the Monte Carlo Rally on its first outing in the WRC.
The first 400 production 5 Turbos were homologation models and just over 3500 Turbo 2s were built in France between 1980-4. By 1984 the factory pushed the engine output up to 350 PS in the R5 Maxi Turbo, with many mechanical parts derived straight from Renault V6 F1. It’s the Group B legendary era…