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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