Believe it or not, the 5 GT Turbo
was devised as a publicity tool, to help show off Renault's
success with 1000bhp turbo motors in Formula One Racing.
The original production Phase One 5 GT Turbo was launched
in late 1985, using a 115bhp turbocharged version of
the long in the tooth 1397cc pushrod engine. Instantly
recognised as a tuneable classic, the GT Turbo launched
an entire tuning industry - ask Prima Racing and GT
The Phase Two cars were launched in 1987, complete with
minor engine mods (better coolant plumbing and relocated
ECU) colour-coded bodykits and proper interior centre
console with nicer cloth seats. Four years of unchanged
production later, the 5 GT Turbo finally died in 1991
on a J-plate, although rumour has it there are 5 or
6 K-platers out there with the replacement in the form
of the Clio 16v and the Clio Williams.