The maddest hot hatch of the 80s makes its way to our garage. The Renault 5 (R5) Turbo designed by Bertone, was at the time the most powerful production French car with its 160hp 1.4 turbo engine mounted in the trunk and insanely big wheel arches and air vents. Originally built to replace the aging Alpine A110 and compete with the dominating Lancia Stratos, it enjoyed immediate, although limited, success in the European rally scene, with its crowning achievement being a 1981 Monte Carlo Rally victory at the hands of Jean Ragnotti - fun fact, Carlos Sainz also drove one! Unfortunately, it would soon be outclassed by the emergence of Group B and its monstrous machines, especially the 4-wheel drive competitors with a clear dirt track advantage over the 2-wheel rear drive R5 Turbo, even with the 350hp evolution of the Maxi Turbo. Proof that cult status can be achieved even without a long list of victories. Only 1600 were ever produced, but you can still get a pair of them right now!
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