Renault did two important things with the 1980 R5 Turbo 2. It immediately raised the profile of its brand, plus gave itself a formidable rally car to tackle the Group B class. Just 1,000 road cars homologated the R5 Turbo for competition but 1,300 were made. It had little in common with the standard R5; the suspension was all-new with double wishbones at each end, using torsion bars springs up front but regular rear coils. The engine used the gearbox from the larger Renault 30, but turned around allowing the four-cylinder unit to be mounted midships. The motor featured an alloy head with hemispherical combustion chambers and a Garrett turbo running 12.2psi for the road but more boost and 300bhp (224kW) on rally cars and up to 500bhp (373kW) in the R5 Turbo Evolution. Sensational handling helped give the car great rally success: 250 international wins in four years.
Renault 5 Turbo 2 Specifications
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