Restomods are all the rage these days, and the 80s in particular are getting a lot of love. The latest in the “outrun-vibes” restomod collection is Legende Automobile’s Renault 5 Turbo 3, and it’s a money-no-object reimagination of the iconic Renault 5 Turbo road homologation cars.
As the name suggests, it’s designed to be the third coming of the Renault 5 Turbo (which had two iterations, the Turbo 1 and 2), and their goal was to combine the best bits of both of those cars with modern technologies for a “no compromises” build, specifically for people “that are as passionate about driving as we are” – whatever that means.
With that in mind, the US-based Legende Automobile took the original three-door Renault 5 Turbo 2, and gave it a completely reworked hand-made body made “mostly out of carbon fibre”.
The body has been significantly widened to fit bigger wheels, giving it a properly “stance-y” look, though still keeping it as proportionate as possible in respect of the Bertone-designed original body styling.
Round the rear, you’ll find the side glass is framed in carbon fibre with bespoke air curtains incorporated into the C pillars, an extended rear wing, and a custom designed two-piece diffuser that houses a set of square exhaust tips. LED on both the head and tail lights further modernises the Renault 5 Turbo for the modern times.
While the exterior stays pretty true to the classic rally-bred looks, with its rally-inspired wheels and decal branding, the interior is a little more reworked than recreated, filled with modern technologies such as a fully digital instrument cluster and dual-zone climate control.
Despite that, the inside of the Renault 5 Turbo 3 still exudes an air of proper restomod energy with its spartan interior appointments (no infotainment displays here), with performance capabilities turned up to 11 thanks to the exposed roll cage, lightweight bucket seats, and six-point harnesses built in.
Legende Automobile is staying coy about its performance underneath the Turbo 3’s restomod bodywork, though the internet seems to think that it’ll be around the 400 hp mark, which will be a significant increase over the 1.4-litre turbocharged mill from the original 1983 car.
We do know that it’ll come with a manual transmission, though, and it’ll also borrow the double wishbone suspension set-up from the Maxi Turbo rally car. Expect more of these infos to surface when the company decides to put a price tag on it.