A Superhatch: A 1:24 Renault 5 Turbo From Bburago

A rather cool hatchback

To the sane, a hot hatchback is a rather powerful front-engine, front-wheel-drive car- but when you ask a madman to design a hot hatchback, you get something equally mad as the creator.

The Renault 5 Turbo was a mad car.

Nobody, nobody had come up with the idea of putting the hatchback's engine in the middle and making it rear wheel drive.

If you'd done that at VW , you'd be sacked.

"What about putting ze Golf's engine in ze rear and making it rear wheel drive?"

"What nonsense, get out, your fired. Hmmph, leave zat to Porsche and Audi."

But the French did it. They did something utterly crazy that nobody would ever think about. They looked at the Lancia Stratos's success as a mid-engine rally car, and decided, yes we need a sports version of the Renault 5. The prototypes were sent to Bertone and the French and Italians collaborated on Project 822, what the Turbo was codenamed.

Parts Bin Special

Despite using a Renault 5 body, the Renault 5 Turbo shared almost no mechanicals with the Renault 5. In order to make the Renault 5 Turbo , the designers dug deep into the Renault parts bin. The Turbo has the rear suspension from the rear enigned Renault Alpine A310 V6 and the 5 speed manual is derived from the Renault 30 TX and was rotated 180 degrees. At the time of launch, the Turbo was the most powerful French car made.

My Renault 5 Turbo is a 1:24 scale model from Bburago, and I have very few complaints about it. The model is incredibly detailed. The Interior is detailed. The wheels rotate independently, the tires are real rubber and the everything is proportionate. It has the vents in the correct position.

The Doors open and the interior is more detailed than the Maisto Aventador I have. The vents are in place and the lights look cool.

One criticism for Bburago is that the mirrors suck. However, the Bburago mirrors are better than Maisto's.

The Renault 5 Turbo was a truly bonkers car. The 4 cylinder in the rear could churn out nearly 160 horsepower- it made the car quite fast because the 5 Turbo was light. The Turbo could churn out 380 horsepower , like the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo Superproduction that won the French Supertouring Competition.

The Renault 5 Turbo's spirit lived on as the Renault Clio V6. The Renault 5 Turbo is a truly timeless and cool hatchback.

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