My earliest memories of them was the one owned by the caretaker at my 'middle-school' in the early 1990's, it looked other-wordly then.
I then remember seeing one for sale outside a house in Teddington about 18 years ago. I only saw it as the train I was on was terminated there! It was a base model in burgundy and was only a few hundred pounds!!! Wish I'd nabbed it then...
Bringing things bang up-to-date there is a person just up the road from me who had a decrepit Fuego Turbo sitting there languishing and they have another one also that I've seen every now and again.
For me the Fuego is a winner... It's just a shame they didn't put the PRV V6 in it at launch.
Tuned ones seem to be from the french "Maximum D'énergie!" school of too-much badly-fitted fibreglass and lurid 90s paint, but Fuegos don't really need anything - a subtle lowering and slightly bigger rims (These are OEM boots sized up to 16" from probably 14s) updates it but keeps things nice and tasteful.
They look quite nice if you remove the wraparound deck-lid too - betraying more of the R18 underpinnings.
It's interesting how the body-kitted dark blue and red cars look far more dated than the stock cars do.
Both are from Argentina. It was first launched in Argentina in 1980 as Renault Fuego GTX with a 2 liter 103CV engine imported from France. In 1982 production started in the Renault plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba without any heavy changes (despite quality and trim levels). In 1986 the Renault Fuego GTX II was introduced with small cosmetic changes including interior trim and wheels. In 1987 the engine was changed and the denomination to Renault Fuego GTX II 2.2 and again small changes were added like new 14" wheels, rear disk brakes and 116CV. In 1989 the bigger exterior changes were added replacing the black stripes with smoother body colored ones as the bumpers redesign also in body color. It was launched as the Renault Fuego GTA and also some minor interior changes were made but the same engine as the previous. The last change came in 1991 with the Renault Fuego GTA Max taking the power to 123CV and again some interior changes.
Those 2 examples are Fuego GTAs (the blue seems to be a GTA Max according to the sticker). It was only built in Argentina in this shape, for what I know. And before you ask, exporting a car from here is still almost impossible.
A guy locally had a black turbo just like that back in the 80's, it and my 1275 Midas were very closely matched speed wise, I think the Midas had the edge at high speed much to the annoyance of its owner.
^^ that looks superb!! It went to a better home than I for sure :-)
Thanks, needed the normal for cars this age, welding, new brakes, electrical gremlins, managed to source a parts car which helped out no end and ensured it was brought back to OEM, it has come out well, here are my other Renaults, you might already know, sadly I have just sold the Pearl white Gt Turbo, but the R5 Gordini is a keeper....