Words Cannot Describe How Much I Want This Renault 5 Alpine

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This is not a widebody, superpowered monster of a car.

It's a little 1976 Renault 5 tuned by their semi-independent racing and performance arm Alpine.

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Even with stiffer torsion beam suspension, new alloy wheels, five-speed gearbox, and a 1.4 liter engine, this thing was still a few hundred pounds shy of the 2,000lb mark.

And it produced double the horsepower of the standard Renault 5! This hemi-head crossflow four put out 92 horsepower, which would be absolutely hilarious.

There's a place in my heart for rally-style beasts like the Renault 5 Turbos or Lancia Delta Integrales or whatever else, but I take one look at this nimble, narrow Alpine and want it desperately.

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DISCUSSION

Jonee
Jonee

It reminds me of my Le Car "Black Beauty" edition which has none of the performance upgrades, but a similar color scheme. And, I have the big sunroof.