Carbonfibre Renault 5 Turbo T3 Restomod Will Have 400bhp

Legende Renault 5 Turbo T3
Legende Renault 5 Turbo T3

Remember the most exciting and desirable hot-hatch of its time? Well, the guys at Legende Automobiles decided it was time the steroid injected Renault 5 Turbo was given a restomod…

Le magnifique Renault 5 Turbo was 40 years old last year and the illustrious French sprinter is still one of the most revered pocket rockets to grace tarmac or track with a cult following second to very few others.

The French-American 3 man team at Legende decided it was time to create a machine for people that still have a passion for driving, or in their own words, “a machine that would make a grown adult giggle like a little child even at thought of getting behind the wheel.” So, ignoring all financial advice and with no expense spared, they decided to create the best possible version of the B-segment icon.

Legende Renault 5 Turbo T3

The brief was simple – the car had to be instantly recognisable as an R5 Turbo while embracing technology and staying faithful to its iconic status. However, some purists could well blow a gasket after glimpsing at the ‘less is more’ interior which steers more cost-efficiently away from the legendary Marcello Gandini’s aluminum and the beautiful Bertone interior. On the plus side, it does keep the costs down, making the car more affordable to those looking to trim the odd hedgerow on their travels.

Legende Renault 5 Turbo T3

Renault 5 Turbo 3 – Design

As with most things, the devil is in the automotive detail and the Renault 5 Turbo 3 is no different with a unique experience promised from the inside out.

The body has been built almost entirely from carbonfibre with a wider stance and arches that might just cast the odd shadow over the driver in the next lane on a narrow one-way street. That said, proportions are good and stay faithful to its heritage.

There are some ridiculously great 17 x 11inch wide wheels to fit in some even more ridiculously wide arches at the rear, while 16 x 8inch rims sit on both front corners, with two alternative designs available as required.

Other modifications include modern LED lighting, rear side glass-framed in carbon fiber with bespoke air curtains incorporated into the C pillars, extended rear wing on the roof, using the minimal amount of material for its lightweight structure, and custom-designed 2-piece diffuser, carrying bespoke dual square exhaust tips.

Legende Renault 5 Turbo T3

Rear lighting has been completely redesigned and upgraded to utilise LED technology while retaining the look and feel of the original 3-door Renault 5 Turbo. The suspension has also been lifted into the next century the latest version of the front and rear Maxi Turbo double-wishbone geometry, making the car wider and more capable than its more ‘wafty’ predecessors.

Legende hasn’t said what powers the T3 yet, other than its capable of producing more than 400bhp, delivering the drive to the rear axle via sequential or manual transmission.

What will it cost?

Figures are yet to be clarified but given the ‘no expense spared’ brief, it’s likely to cost you one of those cherished kidneys…

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