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    Default Fuego Turbo for sale, Ebay - Brisvegas

    This just got sent through to me. It looks like the one that used to be in RAdelaide circa 10 years ago, then in Melvegas before that. It looks like it needs a little (more likely a great deal!) of love. I had no idea a volcano had erupted in Brisvegas, and the vendor hasn't even bothered to give it a bath......

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    I was curious how close a Fuego Turbo and GTX were in performance, so I'll just pop the figures up for perusal.

    Fuego GTX, UK Car 3/1982
    Weight 1080kg

    Acceleration:
    0-30mph, 3.0 secs
    0-60mph, 9.9 secs
    0-80mph, 17.9 secs

    Top speed 117mph @ 5750rpm

    Fuego Turbo, UK Car 6/1985
    Weight 1054kg

    Acceleration:
    0-30mph, 3.5 secs
    0-60mph, 9.1 secs
    0-80mph, 15.7 secs

    Top speed 120mph

    Fuego GTX (UK spec) Wheels magazine

    Acceleration:
    0-50km/h, 3.2 secs
    0-100km/h, 11.0 secs
    0-130km/h, 17.7 secs

    Standing 400m, 17.5 secs

    Top speed, 188km/h @ 5500rpm.

    Fuego GTX (AUS spec) Wheels magazine

    Acceleration:
    0-50km/h, 3.4 secs
    0-100km/h, 10.6 secs
    0-130km/h, 18.3 secs

    Standing 400m, 17.7 secs.

    Top speed, 179km/h @ 5250rpm

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    What, today???
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    Simon you just keep impressing....
    Every day when I wake up I reach up in the darkness with my eyes shut and if I cannot feel anything that resembles a wooden lid I know it will be a good day. No lid today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
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    No, October 2012 was the 30th anniversary. I thought the Australian Fuego Register must have held their own private, invitation only, celebration.
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    Very private...

    A couple of year to go yet before my fuego turns 30.
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    it seems that the turbo adds less performance to these cars than one might have expected from such a device.
    and perhaps allows considerable scope for significantly increasing the performance without anything requiring annoying things like engineers reports etc. eg more boost. different turbocharger.

    am i missing something?

    aside from that aspect of it, it hardly seems worthwhile for renault to have fitted them, so why did they?

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    I know the owner quite well. The Fuego is stored in a shed next to alloy polisher and the divider wall was not sealed very well between the cars and the polishing. If you approach the owner via Ebay he will email you some photos before the car was put into the shed. He says the paint was actually not bad, barring the rust in the one front guard.

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    I was the previous owner who bought the car over from Adelaide. I got the car going without too much trouble and drove it aroud the block a few times when i first got it home. It went ok , was only a little rough. Greabox , clutch etc. seemed fine. Couldn't get it started after that until I bought a new battery which temporarily solved the problem but the battery lost charge straight away . Suggest some sort of simple electrical problem. Ran out of spare time and sold it very cheaply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander View Post
    aside from that aspect of it, it hardly seems worthwhile for renault to have fitted them, so why did they?
    Renault created their 1980's passenger car (5 Alpine Turbo/ 18 Turbo/ Fuego Turbo) turbo line to demonstrate how their F1 Turbo expertise could benefit Mr/Ms/Mrs Average. In the UK, the Fuego Turbo replaced the 2-litre GTX.

    I'd imagine the Fuego Turbo would be much lighter to drive than the GTX with less weight over the front wheels, that may be one benefit. But I'd also guess that the mighty torque of the two-litre would make that version nicer to drive than a laggy then peaky early era Turbo. However, as you elude, if you just binned the turbo, and went with tried and tested old-school 807 modifications, it could probably be turned into something special.

    But, like lots of people find with low value old school stuff, why go to the trouble. When more modern stuff like RS Clios and RS Meganes are so cheap. You just have to put up with a rubber timing belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    ...However, as you elude, if you just binned the turbo, and went with tried and tested old-school 807 modifications, it could probably be turned into something special.
    I wonder has anyone bothered making a hot fuego turbo out of the origional motor???

    There seems to be plenty of people trying their hand at turboing the 2 or 2.2 motors, but a small hot turbo 1600 sounds like a ripper.

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    I wonder if mistrenault bought it .... In victoria you'd stick it straight onto a club permit and start driving
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    Just for some modern perspective, I could not crack the 9.6 mark for 0-100.

    Thats with a fairly safely tuned but slightly modified GTX.

    I wouldn't swap though, as I dont think the turbo barmix motor would cope with the towing uphill my car suffers regularly.

    That and the ugly little detail that its a turbo carby induction system.
    Now that would be fun to tune.


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    Rod Slaters speed way car has the feugo turbo in it and it aint no slow coach.
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    I suspect his car weighs a tad less than 1080 kg.
    Also, that is a 2.0 litre donk, a completely different beast to the 1600 in the fuego turbo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    That and the ugly little detail that its a turbo carby induction system.
    Now that would be fun to tune.
    Even the Nissan Exa Turbo from the same era had a more convincing setup. So much for the F1 technology when the Renault used a carby. Same as when they proclaimed F1 experience was used in the 19, with its wheezy 8-valve 1.7 motor and travel sweet tin rear drums.
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    Weren't they injected...? I always thought they were.

    Perhaps it was only the US market cars that were EFI...?

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    I have a Fugeo Turbo brochure from Germany that says injected. But the green car has a carby, not injection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault12 View Post
    Weren't they injected...? I always thought they were.

    Perhaps it was only the US market cars that were EFI...?
    The US market version was a turbo with Bosch L-Jetronic injection. It produced 80kW instead of the 83kW of the carby turbo version.

    Fuego Turbo (Injected US spec), Road & Track 1983
    Weight 1150kg

    Acceleration:
    0-30mph, 3.6 secs
    0-60mph, 10.7 secs
    0-80mph, 19.7 secs

    Top speed 102mph @ 5250rpm
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