1980s / 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show / French / Renault

Live from the Frankfurt Motor Show: Renault Fuego Turbo

frankfurt-motor-show-renault-fuego-turbo-7We photographed this 1983 Renault Fuego Turbo in a building that we spent both of the Frankfurt Motor Show’s press days avoiding because it mostly contained small components manufacturers, Mitsubishi and a Chinese manufacturer named Chang’an – quite frankly nothing worth photographing, or even visiting. What we didn’t know is that the far end of the building was home to a collection of flawless classics loaned by automakers and private owners alike.

We didn’t have as much time as we would have liked to shoot everything but we managed to snap photos of about a third of the collection. The first that we’ll feature is a Renault Fuego Turbo, a model celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Owned by a private owner, this particular example recently went through a full restoration.

The Fuego Turbo landed in showrooms with a 1.6-liter eight-valve four-cylinder engine that send 130 horsepower to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Sadly, most Fuego Turbos sold were driven into the ground by a long series of owners and website howmanyleft.co.uk indicates that just four Fuego Turbos are left in the United Kingdom.

One thought on “Live from the Frankfurt Motor Show: Renault Fuego Turbo

  1. What a beautiful Fuego you spotted there!

    I owned one, it wasn’t a Turbo model though.
    The engine was the same as in the R18.
    I traded it in for another Renault (R21 Turbo diesel)

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