Saturday, March 11, 2017

Guals Like Stink: 1981 Renault 5 Turbo I


The Renault 5 Turbo was a homologation special that shoved a turbocharged engine into the middle of the normally front-drive Renault 5 platform. It was more than just a hopped up option because it completely transformed the car from a bespectacled Dr Jekyl into a fire-spitting Tyrannosaurus Rex.  Find this 1981 Renault 5 Turbo I offered for $7,500 in Los Angeles Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Spank.




Checking the "Turbo" option on the order sheet transformed the R5 supermini into something of a legend, and while you can't miss the Shakira sized rear fender flares, many drivers have been surprised to see a Renault leave them in the dust. 


Squeezed where the rear seats and trunk area used to exist is a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that in stock form is tuned to produce 160 horsepower and 163 ft-lbs of torque -- but this nutty looking thing is nowhere near stock -- expect mucho power.  Mucho burnouts.  Mucho boost.


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15 comments:

  1. Its $75k, not $7.5k. Still wonder how they tagged this insane thing in CA.

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    1. I swear that was $7500 when I posted it the other day!! Stupid zeros.

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  2. Check out the other photos in the listing. That's one heck of a collection.

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  3. I was like $7500!!! Great deal!!! $75,000? LOL

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  4. The hood liner looks like it took some shrapnel from the turbo...

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  5. The hood liner looks like it took some shrapnel from the turbo...

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  6. The hood liner looks like it took some shrapnel from the turbo...

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  7. Not too many other cars from 1981 will provide that much fun. I want it, but closer to $7.5K than $75K.

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  8. That's not a Renault engine. I can't ID it, but I know its not OEM...

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  9. Sure looks like a Nissan SR20DET 2-liter engine to me...

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  10. Ha! The pricing on the post made me think this was some kind of funky yet desirable replica!

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  11. Damn you, DT. You got me all excited at $7500. The R5Turbo is high on my dream list.

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  12. Confirmed, that's an SR20DET. Obviously low miles, since the radiator hose and downpipe are touching and it hasn't exploded yet.

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