Welcome, everyone, to a time when turbocharging was a novelty and natural aspiration the norm, not the other way around.
For those of us old enough to remember these halcyon days, even the word ‘turbo’ is enough to transport us back there faster than a Garrett T3 can spool up, but for the rest of you, let’s paint a picture: this was a time when MTV was a music channel and people listened to Phil Collins unironically.
Collins notwithstanding, there was much excellence to be found in the 1980s and 1990s, especially from European car makers. This you know. But did you know how much excellence came from the combination of Frenchmen and forced induction?
Well, that’s what Renault’s new exhibit at the 2019 Rétromobile show is here to tell you. Well, that and this story. But we digress. Renault is “exhibiting legendary cars powered by turbocharged engines,” and the story starts in 1977…