Turbocharged classics are some of the coolest cars ever produced. Here's a selection of the best
BMW 2002 Turbo
Subtle it was not, but the BMW 2002 Turbo was Europe’s first turbocharged production car, so it had a right to brag. The reversed ‘Turbo’ decal featured prominently on the front to shoo lesser cars out of the way on the Autobahn. Performance was mind-blowing at the time for a humble saloon, although it would take a while for the automotive world to adapt to the concept of turbo lag.
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Saab 900 Turbo
Although the 99 was the first turbo model from Saab, it was the über cool 900 T16 that really made the formula work. The triumph-derived slant-four engine was given a new DOHC 16-valve cylinder head, as well as a clever new boost management system that allowed higher levels of power without risk to the engine. The Convertibles were popular for cruising about, but it was the three-door ‘Combi Coupe’ hatchback that was the true star.
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Renault 5 Gordini Turbo
We could have chosen the mid-engined rally monster, but the Gordini Turbo was the affordable hot hatch. Conceived as a way to bolster the performance of the regular Gordini model, squeezing a Garrett T3 into the Five’s engine bay ensured the model wasn’t left behind, without the cost of developing an all-new engine. It also paved the way for the (arguably even more iconic) 5 GT Turbo…
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Audi UR quattro
Four-wheel drive, in a high-performance road car? Heresy! This is perhaps what the sceptics thought at the time, but Audi proved them all wrong by destroying the competition in the World Rally Championship. As a road car, the Quattro combined healthy 200bhp performance with almost unstoppable all-weather performance, and is a legend to this day.
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Lotus Esprit Turbo
The mid-engined Esprit always punched above its weight, but the extra 50bhp provided by the Turbo model propelled the Hethel sportscar into supercar territory. A short appearance in For Your Eyes Only gives it Bond car kudos too.
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Lancia Delta HF Turbo
The Integrale might have become the rally star, but the HF Turbo was the original hot hatch. Launched as a performance model to capitalise from Lancia’s rallying success with the Group B S4, it wasn’t long before the car’s original 1.6-litre engine made way for the 2.0-litre version, with four-wheel drive…
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Porsche 930 Turbo
This was the car that transformed the Porsche 911 from capable sportscar to monstrous supercar. Porsche had gained quite a lot of knowledge working with turbochargers on the racetrack, and putting that into the this pumped-up 911 road car instantly created a legend. One to be treated with respect in the wet though.
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Launched as a special run-out model when the Buick Grand National was nearing the end of its life in 1987, the GNX quickly became a bit of a cult hero. Powered by a 3.8-litre Turbo V6, this special model could apparently crack five-seconds to 60mph in standard form, thanks to 300bhp and 355lb ft of torque. Just 500 were built, which has made this quite a valuable car today.
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