Hammond's icons: Renault 5 GT Turbo
See what Richard thinks of the wayward eighties teenager's choice...
Posted: 22 May 2013
By 1990, when this Raider final edition came out, the frenzy around the word ‘turbo' might have died down, but it was still a fiery little car. And there was something deliciously alternative about it; there still is. The interior is quirky and different, the plastic buttons clearly the subject of much design and thought, despite their plain, straight-edged look. But really, the main event - the whole point of the thing - is, thankfully, that turbo.
Underway, it still goes like stink and the turbo is always letting you know it's there, whistling and whooshing away, lifting the car's little square nose and thrusting you into a corner. It's like having a noisy, disruptive child in class who's also really bright; sometimes inspirational and sometimes just bloody irritating. But always appealing.