Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Copenhagen area
Actually those photographs show very different cars:
The original standard Renault 5 had a lot of charm, but, it was a serious mistake that the French had put in the engine, transmission and suspension from Renault 4. It even had the same stupid gearshift like an umbrella handle sticking out from the dashboard area.
The 850 ccm engine, delivered only 36 BHP, and the suspension was incredibly soft and wobbly – even for a French car.
The engine size was gradually increased, and the gearshift changed place to the more “normal” floor position. But, finally in 1984 the entire car was modified with a longer and wider body , different suspension, and a bigger engine. The basic design features was unchanged, though.
Renault also made the R 5 Gordini / Alpine models which had a 92 BHP, 1,4 L engine and much harder suspension. It was actually relatively fast and rather cool, - in the 80’es.
The Renault 5 Turbo (seen on the last photograph and the one just above) was basically a Rally car, re-designed by Bertone, and had a 168 BHP 1,4 L turbo mid-engine and rear wheel drive. It was awesome. Sub Zero back in the 1980’es.
Have to say cool, then.