We love hot hatchbacks and classic French cars and the Renault 5 GT turbo is a great formula of small and simple hatchback with more performance and style in a really fun package building on what the R5 Alpine and 1st generation Renault GT turbo started.
Renault 5 GT Turbo in very nice condition with only 40k kilometers / 24k miles showing on the clock and original books and spare key.
Classic hot-hatchback with French flair. Similar market to the VW GTi, Peugeot 205 GTi, and Fiat Ritmo Abarth – but with turbocharged engine similar to the earlier R5 Turbo2 – but with FWD and more modern / aerodynamic body-kit. This one has the nice Turbine wheels.
INTERIOR – nice condition with driver’s seat replaced with period Recaro. Power-window regulators are slow.
EXTERIOR – really nice shape but some touch-up on the driver’s door. RF headlight has a crack and grill also damaged while in-transit. A few small cracks in the front air-dam.
BODY / CHASSIS / DRIVETRAIN – chassis and body are in very good original condition with very taught suspension and OMP front strut-bar.
ENGINE – Starts right up and runs smooth with no smoke, leaks or unusual noises. Plenty of power! Clutch slips under max power and will need to be replaced.
DRIVING – drives down the road very well. One of the most enjoyable of 80’s / 90’s hot-hatchbacks.
Overall this is a fun car which is rewarding to drive and a good value.
From Wikipedia – A “hot hatch” version, the GT Turbo, was introduced in 1985. It used a modified four cylinder, eight-valve Cléon 1397 cc engine, a pushrod unit dating back to the 1962 original (in 1108 cc form). It was turbocharged with an air-cooled Garrett T2 turbocharger. Weighing a mere 850 kg (1,874 lb), and producing 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp), the GT Turbo had an excellent power-to-weight ratio, permitting it to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.5 seconds. To differentiate it from the standard 5, it came with blocky plastic side skirts. Turbo lag was an issue, along with poor hot starting, and was considered rather difficult to control. The same engine was used, with similar issues, in the Renault 9 and 11 Turbos.
In 1987, the facelifted Phase II was launched. Major changes in the Phase II version included installing watercooling to the turbocharger, aiding the Phase I’s oil-cooled setup, which extended the life of the turbo. It also received a new ignition system which permitted it to rev 500 rpm higher. These changes boosted engine output up to over 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp). Externally, the car was revamped, with changes (including new bumpers and arches) that reduced the car’s drag coefficient from 0.36 to 0.35. Giving the Phase II a 0–100 km/h time of 7.5 secs. In 1989 the GT Turbo received a new interior, and in 1990 the special edition Raider model (available only in metallic blue, with different interior and wheels) was launched. In late 1991 the Renault 5 GT Turbo was discontinued, superseded by the Clio 16v and the Clio Williams.
The Renault 5 GT Turbo’s victory in the 1989 Rallye Côte d’Ivoire remains the only overall WRC victory for a Group N car.