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Posted by Zach Doell
The grass is indeed always greener on the other side. Need proof? In the 1980s, Europe was given this fantastic automotive gift – the Renault 5 Turbo 2. It looked like a children’s outlandish drawing come to life, went like stink, and emitted sounds that could make an ‘80s muscle car quiver.
At its core, the Renault 5 Turbo 2 shouldn’t be such a standout. It was based on the plebeian Renault 5 which began shuffling small families to the grocery store in 1972. But then Renault tuned the R5 into a hot hatch trendsetter – the Renault 5 Alpine – and eventually swapped front-drive entirely for a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup with the no-nonsense Renault 5 Turbo in 1980.
This 1983 Renault 5 Turbo 2 looks every bit the stunner with its pumped-up front fenders, rakish rear haunches, and huge intakes. According to the seller, it shows the equivalent of only 63,000 miles on the odometer and retains much of its originality. Of interesting note, this Turbo 2 boasts the raucous “Devil” exhaust, which is aptly named we might add, and now generates 185 horsepower.