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Lost Cars of the 1980s: Renault R5 Turbo and Turbo 2

Posted April 29, 2013 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: hatchback R5 Renault turbo

While many enthusiasts associate the Volkswagen Golf GTI with the birth of the hot hatchback craze (overlooking, of course, the Mini Cooper and Cooper S models), the European launch of the Renault 5 Alpine (briefly) preceded the 1976 launch of the VW GTI. Like the Volkswagen, the original Renault 5 Alpine featured a normally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, mounted in a front-wheel drive platform with a suspension tuned for handling over ride comfort. The Renault's 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine received hemispherical heads, further blessed with a crossflow design, and output was rated at a modest 92hp. From these humble beginnings, however, would spring one of the most memorable cars of the 1980s.

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