Renault 5 Turbo 2 will be up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Paris event tomorrow

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2017

RM Sotheby’s lineup in its upcoming Paris sale is getting large, with the Renault 5 Turbo 2 high-performance hatchback joining a number of classic cars in the auction list.

Introduced in 1983 as the replacement for the Renault 5 Turbo -- a car designed mainly to compete in rally races but was also offered as a road-going version – the 5 Turbo 2 was one of the French carmaker’s biggest hits. Interestingly, the 5 Turbo 2 was a result of Renault’s efforts to pare down the 5 Turbo to make it less expensive, thus making it more affordable to a greater number of customers.

Thus, the 5 Turbo 2 didn’t have the distinct interior of the 5 Turbo. Moreover, Renault replaced the aluminum body panels of the 5 Turbo with steel panels on the 5 Turbo 2. Despite being lighter and less expensive, the 5 Turbo 2 offers the same levels of performance, using the same engine (delivering up to 158 bhp) as its predecessor. In terms of road performance, the 5 Turbo 2 could sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h (120 mph).

The result of the changes proved fruitful for the French carmaker, as the 5 Turbo 2 was more popular than the 5 Turbo. Around 3,200 5 Turbo 2 units were produced by Renault.

Now, the Renault 5 Turbo 2 in RM Sotheby’s February auction is powered by a 1,397 cc inline four-cylinder engine -- with Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection – that delivers 160 bhp of output. Sitting on a wheelbase of 2,430 mm, this Renault 5 Turbo 2 features race-tuned all-around double-wishbone suspension with anti-roll bar and rear coil springs. It also comes with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.

Although this Renault 5 Turbo 2 was built in the 1980’s, it is relatively new – as indicated by the fact that it only registered around 5,900 kilometers (3,666 miles) on its odometer. As its plate indicates, this Renault 5 Turbo 2 is registered in Bulgaria. Modifications made include new and aftermarket leather seats. Aside from that, this Renault 5 Turbo 2 is still wrapped in factory white finish and sports original headlights, taillights, and fog lamps as well as wheels and tires.

RM Sotheby’s 2017 Paris auction will be held on February 8 during the world-famous Rétromobile show week. It will take place at the Place Vauban in the city’s center. Previews of the items up for auction will be done on February 7, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm and on February 8, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The auction will formally start at 7:00 pm and is expected to run between three and four hours.

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