Car Show Outtakes: Peppy Little Renaults – Turbocharged Le Cars And Some Descendants

Since March 1976, Renault has been offering zippy, small hatchbacks continuously. Ranging from lukewarm to boiling hot, with or without the help of a turbocharger and with an engine displacement from 1.4 to 2.0 liter. I caught a bunch of them at the 2018 edition of the biyearly Renaultoloog Festival.

Starting with a 1983 Renault 5 Alpine Turbo, 112 DIN-hp from its 1.4 liter engine. The wide tires with fully matching fender flares are a nice touch.

Always pleasant to find some extra info near or on the car.

Without any doubt, the R5 Turbo is one of the most famous hot hatches ever. RWD and with a rear mid-engine, which makes it a two-seater.

Renault’s interpretation of a pit bull terrier, 4,857 of them (Turbo and Turbo2) were let loose. Good ones cost a small fortune these days, this one is a 1985 Turbo2.

In 1984, Renault introduced the second generation of the 5, also known as the Supercinq/Superfive. Under the hood a transverse rather than a longitudinal engine.

Still unmistakably an R5, from all points of view. The GT turbo -pictured a fine 1986 example- got a 115 DIN-hp, 1.4 liter engine…

…whereas this 1990 GTE has a naturally aspirated, 1.7 liter power unit, good for 94 DIN-hp.

Keep in mind that all (Super)Fives are flyweights. To put only 94 hp in the right perspective, this sweet GTE has a registered curb weight of 870 kg (1,918 lbs).

2000 Renault Clio Sport 2.0 16v, naturally aspirated, 169 DIN-hp.

It’s a Clio Mk2, introduced in 1998. The production of the first Clio generation started in June 1990, it superseded the Superfive.

And here we are, in the present time, with a Renault Clio R.S. Trophy, 220 wild horses from a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine.

The current generation of the Clio, the Mk4, was introduced in 2012. The fifth generation of Renault’s B-segment model is about to be unveiled. And yet again, it will be a bestseller in Europe, you can count on that.

It speaks for itself that Renault is duty bound to offer sublime C-segment rockets too. Today’s bonus: a 2012 Renault Mégane R.S. with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, 265 DIN-hp.

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