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They were actually called alpines but known as gordinis. The first ones looked like regular 5s with better spec and obviously the turbo in the coupe version. Theres not many around as i think they came out mid 70s
There is a Renault 5 Gordini and a Renault 5 Gordini Turbo.
I dont know where you heard that they only turbod it for the track, thats certainly not true.
I had a Gordini Turbo last year, brought it as a project but never finished it.
They run very low boost and use a suck through carb and turbo setup rather than the more widely used blow through. They dont use an intercooler either.
They use a Cross-flow big valve head and tubular exhaust manifold too, which is much better than the head that the GT Turbo uses. Im currently fitting a Gordini turbo head and manifolds to my GT Turbo block.
Also, they werent all called Alpines. Only a handfull came with the word Alpine cast onto the rocker cover, most of them were the French versions.
I meant initially the turbo was used in track cars (known as a coupe) then brought it out onto the road cars once the mk1 golf arrived. Im pretty sure they were alpines, on the continent at least and were called gordinis over here because there was already the chrysler alpine.
Its interesting to know that the gordini, ten years older than GT Turbos, still has its uses! Unfortunately the later 5s look dated, the gordinis even more so.
Funky - That pic is the Turbo 2. Rear engine, rear wheel drive. You can pick a decent one up for about £10 - £12K. Come with 160bhp standard, and use pretty much the same engine as the Gordini turbo comes with, but has bigger turbo and mechanical fuel injection.
As far as Im aware the first Gordini turbo came out on a X reg, which was 4 years before the first of the Phase 1 GT Turbos.
Also the engine in the Gordini is mounted length ways, so if you stand at the front of the car the gearbox is the first thing you look down at, then the block. They used torsion bars all round on the suspension as opposed to springs, which made it very cheep and easy to slam them to the ground.
I wonder if people will look back at Clios like the 16v, Williams, 172, Cup, V6 and so on - and remember them all. Because there were a lot of sporting 5s over the years apart from the Phase 2 GT Turbo!