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Renault 5GT Turbo (1985 - 1991)

Last updated 4 April 2017

 
5
Blindingly fast, handling and steering are top drawer, one of the best 1980s hot hatches
Flimsy build quality, dodgy electrics, carburettor issues

Introduction

The Renault 5GT Turbo vied with the Peugeot 205 GTI and Volkswagen Golf GTI as one of the defining hot hatchbacks of its era. With a 0-60mph time of a whisker more than seven seconds and a maximum speed of 123mph, it was certainly the quickest of the front runners.

When the Gordini Turbo was phased out in 1984, Renault had to come up with a replacement. The GT Turbo used the same basic engine as the Gordini, but a smaller Garrett T2 turbocharger and a few other minor modifications to the induction system saw power rise to 115bhp, and again to 120bhp in 1987. This power figure on its own isn’t that impressive, but the Renault 5 only tipped the scales at 850kg, giving the tiny hot hatch truly engaging handling. And it's a bargain compared with the Peugeot and Volkswagen...

 

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