There are many small cars out there. Take for instance the Geo Metro: a two-door hatchback that looks like a more crap version of a Neon with an even more junk engine. Often, these kinds of small cars make us think they only exist to fill the bottom end of the car market — if you can afford a bigger car, you don’t buy the small one. There are exceptions and the Renault 5 GT Turbo is definitely an exception.
The car was beautiful from the first iteration in the 70’s but it wasn’t until the second generation model (1984-1996) was released that the GT Turbo model was released. The only group N car to win an overall World Rally Championship, it was fast right out of the factory. The design of this generation was by the Italian master, Marcello Gandini. Having designed the infamous Lamborghini Countach, his work for the Renault was obviously less aggressive but its subtle design was appreciated by millions of purchasers.
The 5 GT can do 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. A ridiculous feat for car Joe Blow could just buy off the lot. Apparently, there are some issues with controlling the vehicle when you first take off but that only raises the persona of this beast in my eyes as it makes it seem almost untameable and even a freak of the street that’s too powerful for it’s own good.
Not to be confused with the Renault 5 Turbo, which was a car whose design also had the help of Gandini. This version had the engine behind the driver and had giant air scoops on the side, behind the doors to help cool said engine. It was a major force to be reckoned with in the rally scene as it had many big wins in the WRC circuit during the 80’s. Not an easy car to find since just under 5000 were ever produced for regular humans to purchase. A very striking car and obviously I want one but that probably won’t happen anytime soon. The GT Turbo, on the other hand, is much easier to acquire though you might be shipping it in from France (insert wink face and tongue-out-of-mouth emojis).