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Morning Coffee | S01 E06

1983 Renault 5 Turbo II: A Group B Homage

It may not have perfected the formula, but the R5 is still considered the Group B blueprint.
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Andy
Andy
4 years ago

A video focused on the most important: great car and emotional driving. Well done crew!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
4 years ago

Just saw a R5 Turbo II last week (on a car exhibit) – nice!

Now, to the video, 2 and something minutes of someone driving a R5 T2, and no info about the car at all… I may be wrong, but this video lacks everything compared to previous masterpieces…

James
James
4 years ago

More please!

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
4 years ago

a milestone. What a sound!!!!!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago

Nice.

In response to some earlier thoughts, this Renault 5 must be on a closed course. Right? Your crew has radios at both ends of the run? Right?

Thanks.

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

.. and you’ll notice Pet isn’t responding,even after a week. One hint that there isn’t communication is typically no antenna’s on test car,plus no head set on driver. No… their just winging it,in hopes nothing pops up.

Sandee Weiner
Sandee Weiner
4 years ago

Love love love … I’ve had 3 R5s, never a Turbo (maybe in my next life).

JB21
JB21
4 years ago

Many many moons ago, I had a friend who owned R5 Turbo II, modified and good for something like 350hp. I drove it once, it was one of the scariest cars I’ve ever driven. It was also one of the coolest cars I’ve ever driven.

Landroving
Landroving
4 years ago

When I would drive my $800 1981 R5 (LeCar) I would pretend it was this version when I held out the 3-4 shift a few extra seconds or stayed on the gas through a bend. Obviously that was quite the stretch, but when the after school money is going to road bike gear, and race entries there was little left. At least it looked good with a full bike rack on the roof, and had plenty of room for kit and spare wheels inside.

Sandee Weiner
Sandee Weiner
4 years ago
Reply to  Landroving

Ditto! Pretending is fun! 🙂

canyon
canyon
4 years ago

1. The car was lackluster performer,hard on engines,heavy,with oversteer and mediocre looks
2. Especially in this form,so called livery,it’s carrying enough promo-sticker’s to sink its front nose
3. Its engine sounds exactly like a Renault and not like true race car
4. Most discouraging it’s racing on a public road,a perfect road for families on their way and bicycliest working off calories .I’ve said before and stick to it~~ this is a lousy way to send a positive mature message to the youth of today regarding appropiatness . I love the cars,the history but find myself feeling anger every time you and Jay Leno use public roads for filming . Its going to backfire one day,when you find yourselves in courts for being litigated for ‘abusive demonstration’ if there was such a term . Personally I achieve nothing from watching a lackluster guy in lackluster car breaking the law while risking the life of some marvelous person coming up the road out for a wonderful day..

FranzKafka
FranzKafka
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

1) The R5 Turbo and its Maxi iteration were a hoot and a holler to drive both in race and road versions capable of handing more complex AWD mega monsters their heads in competition on the right roads and conditions . Suffice it to say you know not of what you speak

2) The livery critique we are in complete agreement on : as well as the fact that the owner chose to ruin a perfectly good original R5
Turbo in order to poorly recreate the pretense of a Maxi

3) The motor sounds exactly as it should for an R5 Turbo though it does not have quite the bark a Maxi’s engine would have

4) We’re all guilty of going overboard on one roads in our exotics and sports cars and in fact I’ve done the same on our CO roads back in the day in an R5 Turbo . Not that that makes it right mind you . But get a grip . Everybody speeds . As no doubt do you regardless of what you drive

5) If you wanted to voice a legitimate complaint what you should be criticizing is the brevity of the video and the abject lack of information on either the car or the driver both here as well as on the ‘background ‘ page

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Ingenious, sir. 🙂

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Since I feel a huge gratitude to the Petrol production/management for all the fine hours of enjoyment I’ve obtained from both their film & discussion presentations,I wasn’t taking pops at the film itself. It too was humdrum,yet its so rare ThePetCrew serve up anything but master-pieces .. & a shame more fans aren’t checking out the ‘story’ side of each event plus the bonus documents . What rips me a new dump shaft is the issue of public road use,inappropriately. On a CHP monitored, ‘rented’,safe road course I’ve little objection,aside from the issue of the poor example given to the young. Thousands of inocent are ripped from their families arms every year,around the world.Any thing that comes close to giving ‘glory’,admiration,adoration,envy etc. is crap and does a deserves to the future . Boiling down to selfishness,and disregard for the health/well being of others just out for a drive,walk,bike ride etc.
I didn’t share that the only new,off the showroom car purchase I’ve ever made was for a dark blue R5. Immediately I slipped a header elbow in displacing the cat,placed a leather wrapped black spoked (inexpensive Momo type steering wheel on, took an inch off the height of the shift-shaft ,enjoyed the car full time for some years. With a throw back sunroof,dark blue factory paint,and a stubby roof top (center-front) fm antenna .. it provided a kick every drive . A toy car,the most fun type !

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Delightful little spat here between the former G.S. and canyon.
Love it but I wonder if you two are the same person?

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Big thanks to these 20+ supporter’s.. wish I could know for sure which of the comments got your throttle foot,but I’m hoping its this issue of disregard for laws in place to help reduce fatalities caused by road racing cars & motorcycles upon public routes.

Dennis White
Dennis White
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Uh, back to remedial math canyon. That’s a minus sign in front of the 22. Doh!

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

Well.. thanks Dennis,yes minus’s aren’t my strong suit. Nor math !

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  canyon

23 downer’s~ 23 hours… ouch ! ~ Canyon

MARK JONES
MARK JONES
4 years ago

Can I ‘ride shotgun’ with you?!!

Kelly Briffa
Kelly Briffa
4 years ago

I was just speaking of this car yesterday to my co-workers. It is ironic that it shows in Petrolicious today. BaD ASs little machines. Great video it looks like the driver is on his way to work in his “always wanted one of these cars”. Very in the moment. Great job. Happy Tuesday Petrolicious.

FranzKafka
FranzKafka
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelly Briffa

Bad@&$ machines indeed . The perfect combination of Hot Wheels verging on ridiculous jolie laide looks with performance and handling capable of embarrassing many a high priced exotic as well as muscle cars back in the day all while looking like a child’s toy on steroids .