We’re massive fans of the weird and wonderful things in the aftermarket motoring world. It’s always cool to see left-field cars being modified, things that you don’t usually see. Everyone and their dog modifies Volkswagens and Audis, Fords and Opels, Toyotas and Nissans and so on and so forth. A modified Renault 5 isn't too common, especially here in SA where they were only sold briefly in the early 80s. It must have been the political situation because we never got any newer models of the 5 as Europe did. This here SXdrv scribe’s first car was a yellow Renault 5 with a normally aspirated 1.4-litre powerplant under the hood. It wasn’t fast, it was rather problematic and it was hard to work on, but it was mine and it was cool AF for that reason alone. The starter died one day and in an attempt to fix it, I found a bunch of weird braces and other components in the way, the only way to change the thing was to drop the motor. That never happened and so everywhere I went, I had my girlfriend and her friends on board as the mobile push-starter. The only other Renault 5 in the ‘hood was a mate’s sister's blue one that was in really good nick thanks to the family owning a panelbeating business. As far as modified ones go, I only ever saw one, and it was a rare GT Turbo version that had a few tweaks and an aftermarket management system. It wasn’t very neat and clean, but it was rare and that made it cool. If I wasn’t new to the working world at the time, I would have loved to clean my 5 up and modify it with inspiration from the ones I used to drool over in Max Power Magazine.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off one of the weirdest and coolest engine swaps we've seen on a compact hatchback for a while. Making use of one of the most popular powerplants and a not-so-popular 80s hatchback has been done plenty, this one is just cool. It would have been a Max Power cover car one time, if the visuals were given a bit more attention: THE *QUATTRO 4WD* VR6 TURBO RENAULT 5 FROM HELL.. | OFFICIALLY GASSED - OG
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