Spotted: Renault 5 Turbo 2
The front-drive hatch that became a mid-engined monster. Mad, but awesomely so
see videobelow. Better yet Renault actually kept selling a version of the road car, even after the 400 examples required for homologation had been built - not something many rivals did.
The turbocharged, mid-engined R5 was also a wonderfully wacky piece of work. Taking a front-drive shopper, slinging an engine where the rear seats should be and making it rear-wheel drive might seem commonplace after the Metro 6R4 and when Renault reprised the trick for the Clio V6, but it really is a bizarre thing to do when you think about it. Brilliantly bizarre, but bizarre nevertheless.
Playing such games is not going to be a particularly cheap experience these days, however. When new it cost around £17K, and a similar one we featuredin PH Carpool a few months back cost £7,500 in 1992, so the £34,990 that Hills of Lymington are asking for this Turbo2 today seems like quite an eye-popping price. Then again, it has only done 11,000 miles, and the only otherTurbo 2 we could find for sale on PH is up for 25,500 euros (in Ireland), has a few more miles on it, and has been converted to RHD...
...We suppose it all depends on what price you attach to being able to pretend you're Jean Ragnotti...
RENAULT 5 TURBO 2
Engine: 1,397cc four-cylinder turbo
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 160@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 163@3,250rpm
First registered: 1982
Price new: £17,000
Yours for: £34,990