Renault 5 Turbo
The essence of the R5 Turbo was a mid-mounted 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivered 160 HP. They redesigned and reengineered the whole car to move the engine from the front hood to behind the driver. The rear track was much broader and the side scoops made for better cooling of the engine (via Evo).
However, such an extreme car lost one of the main hot hatch characteristics and that’s practicality. It was a pure racing car they built for homologation purposes. The 5 Turbo still deserves an essential place in turbo history as one of the craziest hot hatches and coolest cars of the ’80s. It wasn’t that fast but it was insane.