1980s pocket rocket reimagined: Renault 5 Turbo 3 revealed
The Turbo 3 is the angry Renault 5 we didn't know we wanted
The Renault 5 has been in the news for quite a while with Renault confirming that they will be building an all-electric version of the 1980s hot hatchback. While Renault is looking to future proof the 5, French restomod company Legende Automobiles has decided to celebrate the Renault 5 with the Turbo 3.
Legende has not done anything radical and followed the original Renault 5 recipe. The Turbo 3 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the middle (yes, the Turbo 3 is mid-engined) which packs 400 horsepower. All the power is sent to the rear wheels via a modern sequential transmission. Skids ahoy!
The Turbo 3's body has been completely hand built with mostly carbon fibre in order to reduce weight. The 5's old bulbs are replaced with LEDs, the C-pillars have air curtains which are a not to the Turbo 1 and 2, and the side mirrors, wheel centers, and A-pillars are finished in red.
At the back you will find a custom two-piece rear diffuser and square shape dual exhaust pipes echoing Renault's design. The Turbo 3 rides on double-wishbone suspension and sits very low.
Step inside and you will be greeted by 21st Century stuff like automatic dual-zone climate control and a fully digital instrument cluster. The Turbo 3 has a two spoke steering wheel and ultra-thin seats with racing harness.
Owners of the Renault 5 Turbo 1 and 2 can go to Legende and give their French hot hatchback this lovely restomod treatment. We don't know the price but Legende claims it has "ignored all financial advice and spared no expense in making sure that this is the best possible version of the B-segment icon."