Renault 5 GT Turbo – 1985

Renault 5 GT Turbo - 1985

When the `Supercinq’ (`Superfive’) launched the second generation of the Renault 5 supermini in 1985, it brought with it a GT Turbo version which urban fashionistas dubbed not only ‘cute’ but ‘Le Car, on Steroids’. Boy racers had their noses put out of joint.

Renault-Alpine A310 V6 – 1976


Renault’s close association with Alpine was rooted in a shared racing philosophy. Until 1971 the collaboration was restricted to nimble, rear-engined coupes that broke easily and lacked both space and comfort. They were terrific for racing or rallying, but not a lot of fun for normal driving. The advent of the Alpine-Renault A310 in 1971 … [Read more…]

Renault 4 – 1961

Renault 4 - 1961

Renault had already tried direct competition with Citroen’s 2CV. The company believed it could go one-better in 1961 with the Renault 4 a notionally more up-market car with very real improvements in power, space and capacity.