Looking at a Renault 5 GT Turbo today, it’s hard to believe the model dates back 30 years. And the disbelief only intensifies when you’re behind the wheel. But it’s true enough: though the Renault Sport name had not yet been coined, the genetic material for Renault’s future sports line was already taking shape back in the eighties
Up to the early seventies, the French market for small cars was pretty much split between the Renault 4 and the 2CV from Citroën. In 1967, Pierre Dreyfus (Renault boss from 1955 to 1975) asked his engineers to come up with a small car addressing the broadest possible spectrum of the population. The mission was expressed in terms resembling an incantation. The new car should be a“voiture à vivre”: “a car for all seasons, for holidays and for work, for weekdays and for weekends, for town and for country”. When it appeared in 1972, the Renault 5 met these high expectations, proving hugely successful with its innovative design and a sense of practicality unheard of at the time.