Legende Automobiles has revealed an exciting update to the classic ’80s Renault 5.
While maintaining the original design identity of the classic car, it was given a modern touch to the original three-door and presented as the Turbo 3, based on the classic 1980s design, while providing it with modern touches.
The Turbo 3’s handcrafted body is made mostly of carbon fiber to keep the weight down and has been expanded to fit larger 16-inch wheels up front and 17-inch wheels available in two different designs.
The car replaces the original old-school headlights with LEDs while keeping the look of its predecessor unchanged. The air curtains in the C-pillar make distinctive visual gestures but are also functional, while the quarter glass is framed by carbon fibre.
The thicker rear end hosts an extended roof spoiler in red as part of a contrasting finish also applied to the side mirrors, wheel centers and A-pillars.
A custom two-piece rear diffuser, with dual square-shaped exhaust tips, is available to complement the angular design that perpetuates Renault’s design identity.
The Turbo 3 rides low to the ground and uses double-wishbone suspension front and rear, a modern take on the configuration used in the R5 Maxi Turbo race car.
The car has an all-digital instrument cluster that replaces the analog dials, and the eye-catching orange accents of the exterior continue inside and have been applied to the air vents and door strips. As well as on the reshaped steering wheel, which has a simple design.
Legend Automobiles fitted the Turbo 3 with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, ultra-thin seats with generous lateral support and a racing belt.
The four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 400 horsepower.
This is a significant improvement over the original 158 horsepower output and is transmitted to the rear wheels via a modern sequential or manual transmission (depending on suppliers), replacing the original donor car’s five-speed manual gearbox.
About 1,820 Renault 5 Turbo 1s (along with 3,167 Turbo 2s) were built during the model’s six years on the market, meaning Legend Automobiles addresses a still-limited customer audience.
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