Introduction

In the early 1970s, Renault began production on one of its best-ever selling models, the Renault 5 (known as Le Car in the USA). With capacity for four passengers and available in three- or five-door versions, the hatchback supermini with its front engine and front-wheel drive went on to sell more than 5.5m units from 1972-1986. In 1978, an uncompromisingly sports-orientated Turbo 5 version was released. With a 160hp centrally mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, it was a long way from its passenger car origins and achieved an epic track record.