This identification / buyers guide has been drafted for those interested in the Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase 2, otherwise known as the “Super 5” GT Turbo. This car, much like the MK1 Golf GTI, has a somewhat cult status in the early hot hatch sector, and are becoming increasingly sought after. Information on these cars is fairly scarce in English, even on dedicated forums, so this guide has been drafted to assist those who want to be able to easily distinguish between the GT Turbo and other models in the Renault 5 range, as there can be a substantial price differene between models which are based on the same body shell. For the Phase 1 GT Turbo, another ID guide has been drafted and can be found by clicking here.
This guide provides identification criteria for external features, interior features, mechanical features and of course the important engine and chassis number prefixes relevant to the Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase 2. If you believe additional information can be added, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or login to comment at the base of this page.
Period of Manufacture: 1988 – 1991
Number produced: Approximately 160,000 worldwide (Estimate includes both Phase 1 and 2 cars. Note, Phase 2 cars are more numerous than Phase 1). There were 2000 Oreille / Raider Editions produced in 1989/1990.
Please note that this is only a guide, and should not be relied upon for a vehicle purchase. You should always undertake your own research and consult with professionals before purchasing a vehicle.
The Phase II Renault 5 GT Turbo had the following external features:
The Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase 2 had the following interior features listed below. There are several unique features such as the seats, steering wheel and other small finishes, however, much of the interior is obviously shared with the standard Renault 5.
There were of course options such as sun roof, and perhaps radio options. If anyone has any further information on interior features and the various optoins available we would really appreciate you getting in touch with us by emailing or commenting below, so we can update this section.
The Phase 2 Renault 5 GT Turbo was available in the following paint colours / codes as outlined below:
The original paint code on a Phase 2 car is confirmed by checking the chassis plate on the RHS firewall. On the right side of the plate, you will see a group of circled numbers. The 3 digit code at the bottom relates to the paint code, as shown in the attached images.
The chassis number on a Renault 5 GT Turbo should be 17 figures long and begin with the following prefix, which applies to both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 cars:
This starting prefix will be followed by the car’s individual / unique seven digit code.
Chassis Number location:
The chassis number is located in 2 positions on the R5 GT Turbo. Firstly, it is embossed in the vehicle ID plate which is riveted to the RHS firewall of the car. The location of the plate and number is shown in the images for a better description.
Secondly, the chassis number is stamped into the body of the car, on top of the RHS suspension strut under the hood. The location and style of the typeface is again shown in the attached images.
The Renault 5 GT Turbo used the “C-Type” engine block known as the “Cleon 1.4”. This engine was widely used over a range of Renault vehicles, however, the R5 GT Turbo used engine blocks with unique numbers. The numbers to look for on the Phase 2 are as follows:
Location of engine number:
As you face the engine from the front of the car, the engine number is located on the front top left face of the engine block (behind the alternator), on an aluminium plate riveted into the engine block. The location is better described by the pictures attached.
Unfortunately, there is no way of confirming the engine fitted to the car was the one installed in the factory, unless you have very early paperwork for the vehicle. Confirming the above prefixes are present is the closest you will get to confirming the engine is correct, as it is our understanding that the number is not stated elsewhere on the car.
The Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase 2 had the following mechanical features, several of which differ from the Phase 1 (where noted):
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