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a crazy restomod of the Renault R5 Turbo!

What if the R5 Turbo came out today? This is what this American workshop imagines, which will produce a modern version: the Turbo3.

the restomod, these projects of complete modernization of an iconic model, are very fashionable in recent years. From the famous Porsche 911 by Singer to a revamped Lancia 037, there is something for everyone. There remains the one who is one of the greatest French icons: the Renault 5 Turbo. With its bodybuilding build, its turbo engine at the rear, and its rally record, the R5 Turbo has ensured since the 1980s a true worship. Logical, therefore, that someone decides to modernize it to its sauce!

The workshop in question is Legend Automobiles. A brand new brand, founded by a group of French enthusiasts based in Los Angeles. Their project is simple: to build an R5 Turbo without the compromises of the Régie at the time, and with modern materials and techniques. But rather than modifying one of the rare real Renault 5 Turbo, the team of frenchies prefers to recover a normal Renault 5 first generation. Then, a carbon body is grafted to the whole, with a completely redesigned interior, but inspired by the original Turbo.

Faithful silhouette, redesigned details

The look is overall faithful to the original, with its huge wings, its spoiler at the rear, and its more aggressive front face. But when you get closer, you notice (many) new details. The headlights are now LED, aerodynamic details have sprung up everywhere, the mirrors are very elaborate… No doubt: this is not a “normal” R5 Turbo!

Légende Automobiles does not specify who will be hiding behind the front seats. Corn no question of retrofitting with an electric motor, and the manual gearbox is kept. We can imagine a four cylinder Renault, to stay in the theme. And why not the block that equips the current Mégane RS, with 300 ch ? With revised management and possibly a larger turbo, it could approach 400 hp… Enough to provide performance in line with the unique look of this modern R5 Turbo3.

The Turbo3 will go into production well, and in a series that should not be limited. The price, on the other hand, could be quite salty!

And if you prefer even more modern sensations, good news: in a few years, Alpine should release an edgy version of the future electric Renault 5.

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