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Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept has quicker acceleration than a Formula E car

A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.

Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.

When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).

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First teaser of 2018 Renault Megane RS only raises more questions

Last summer, the third-generation Megane RS has been discontinued. This led to most people thinking that an all new version was coming very soon.

In fact, some expected to see a new generation Megane RS at the Paris Motor Show. So when they didn’t, it was expected to be launched at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But still, Renault has not revealed the car in any of the auto shows mentioned.

So then, more people are guessing that it will come out at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, since the French company did say that the model will be unveiled later this year in a video they released on Facebook celebrating a social media milestone of reaching 1 million fans. Now, that should be a more accurate guess. But then again, we don’t have much to go on.

Read the entire article First teaser of 2018 Renault Megane RS only raises more questions

2016 Concept Car Design of The Year Award goes to Renault Trezor

After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The Year award. Winning against other great concepts such as the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept, Volkswagen’s ID concept, and the Citroen CXperience concept. The all electric coupe presented an overall futuristic design with an impressive automated one-piece clamshell roof.

The Renault Trezor must offer something incredible as it has won over the approval of no less than twenty renowned car designers who stood as the panel of judges. Some of the judges were Peter Schreyer of Hyundai-Kia, Gordon Wagener of Daimler, Ralph Gilles of FCA and Mamoru Aoki of Nissan. They were also joined by the Nio and Lynk & Co design directors. Each of them had to choose their top three favourites amongst 12 concept cars that were shortlisted by the staff of Car Design News. And the decision was made after totaling all the votes. The award was given out to Anthony Lo, the Vice President of Exterior Design, along with Stephane Janin, Concept Car Director, at the fairly recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcasing itself with its diamond logo and a muscular body, with voluptuous front and rear fenders, the Trezor isn’t just about how it looks. At 4.7 meters long, and with a 2.7 meter wheelbase, its entire body is made out of carbon fiber, keeping it lightweight. Its shape was well thought of - as a result of extensive aerodynamic tweaks to minimize drag to only 0.22, for a much improved performance and efficiency. Combined with a power output of 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. It can definitely fire up to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in four seconds flat. And as you can see in the debut video, the car glides very smoothly against the ground at a very fast rate. So smooth, it almost looks like it is floating off the ground.

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X-Tomi’s Renault Zoe RS rendering turns out more realistic than the E-Sport Concept

After we drooled over Renault’s E-Sport Concept in Geneva for the last several days, X-Tomi Design has cooked up a better meal. We’re talking about the Zoe RS, a reimagined version of the Zoe embodying the RenaultSport division’s more extreme “personality” that is also more practical. That being said, it has more realistic features which we think are more “doable” in case Renault decides it wants to build a production version of the Zoe concept.

First of all, X-Tomi got rid of the Zoe E-Sport concept’s rear door, front fender and side air intake design. Instead, the rendering artist uses its own take on the bumper along with the new checkered themed-LED lights to complete the new look.

X-Tomi obviously got some inspiration from the Clio RS especially for the LED lights and its new set of alloy wheels. Nevertheless, we think the Zoe RS as a whole is much better than the E-Sport concept that graced the Geneva Motor Show. Now if only Renault would have the RS badge on the Zoe. We’re seriously pining for this.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s Renault Zoe RS rendering turns out more realistic than the E-Sport Concept

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show (or the Geneva International Motor Show) is definitely one of the most awaited major automotive shows in the planet.

It has been showcasing the best and the newest that the auto industry could offer –concept cars, production vehicles, tuned units, auto accessories and parts as well as services – since 1905.

Now, in its 87th edition, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was already guaranteed to be a definite success when it formally opened its doors to the public on March 9, 2017.

Read the entire article Top 5 Most-liked Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.

Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.

The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.

Read the entire article Renault unveils 460-hp Zoe e-sport Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

A new premium performance model could be coming for Infiniti if a partnership with Renault’s Formula One team becomes a definite success. Yes, Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team have entered into a collaborative venture – Project Black S -- to create a hybrid performance model derived from the Infiniti Q60.

This collaboration between Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team will be represented by the Project Black S concept car. So far, the venture between these high-end auto personalities has taken the shape of the Project Black S concept car – featuring Formula One-inspired technology -- that will be unveiled to the global public during a special event a night before 2017 Geneva Motor Show formally starts.

According to Infiniti, the Project Black S is a radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe with a prominent aerodynamic design. As it is, the Project Black S provides a preview on how a hybrid powertrain derived from motorsport – not less than Formula One -- could superbly improve the overall performance of a production car from Infiniti. This performance hybrid powertrain on the Project Black S makes use of the so-called ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) that is found in RenaultSport’s F1 car. This ERS – not yet employed by any production road car -- is designed to harvest or recover energy in the form of electric power and deploy it to significantly boost the powertrain’s output and torque. Hence, a car with ERS is able to accelerate without any lag.

Read the entire article Infiniti and RenaultSport Formula One Team collaborate in Q60 Project Black S

Around four years after Renault launched its Captur subcompact crossover in 2013, the French carmaker has decided to make several changes on the way this elegant vehicle looks. Thus, for the 2017 model year, the Renault Captur will be receiving a facelift just enough to make it still appealing.

Furthermore, the interior also received several updates, with six interior personalization packs to choose from. Customers could now choose from Caramel, Ivory, Ocean Blue, Patina Chrome and Red, Satin Chrome to color the interior of their new Renault Captur.

Renault will unveil the new Captur subcompact crossover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Read the entire article Geneva: Renault introduces facelifted version of Captur for 2017MY

RM Sotheby’s lineup in its upcoming Paris sale is getting large, with the Renault 5 Turbo 2 high-performance hatchback joining a number of classic cars in the auction list.

Introduced in 1983 as the replacement for the Renault 5 Turbo -- a car designed mainly to compete in rally races but was also offered as a road-going version – the 5 Turbo 2 was one of the French carmaker’s biggest hits. Interestingly, the 5 Turbo 2 was a result of Renault’s efforts to pare down the 5 Turbo to make it less expensive, thus making it more affordable to a greater number of customers.

Thus, the 5 Turbo 2 didn’t have the distinct interior of the 5 Turbo. Moreover, Renault replaced the aluminum body panels of the 5 Turbo with steel panels on the 5 Turbo 2. Despite being lighter and less expensive, the 5 Turbo 2 offers the same levels of performance, using the same engine (delivering up to 158 bhp) as its predecessor. In terms of road performance, the 5 Turbo 2 could sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h (120 mph).

Read the entire article Renault 5 Turbo 2 will be up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Paris event tomorrow

Many are thinking that it would be nice if the Renault Megane RS – a front-wheel drive small family car -- would get an all-wheel drive. Such element would make the Renault Megane RS more suitable for any road condition in any weather. If such Megane RS does exist, it would indeed be great news.

Just recently, there have been speculations that Renault is developing an AWD version of the Megane RS. Of course, Renault has not made any official announcements over the model. Its officials have been silent about any possibility of a Megane RS AWD. But most carmakers are like that; they usually keep their mouth shut over any development until they think it is the right time to divulge them. As for the possibility that the French carmaker is creating an AWD Megane RS, a few spy pictures make us giddy with excitement that such a version is being developed.

These spy pictures – taken in a gas station in Sweden -- reveal a few details why we believe that a Megane RS AWD could be on the way. The images feature a Megane in a grey finish with a “Renault Sport” badge on the rear. While this model is surely a Megane RS, it comes with the body of the Megane GT hatch. A section from the middle of its rear diffuser-style element has been removed to better accommodate two exhaust tips. The test car also features larger front discs with Brembo brake calipers. But that is not why we think that this test mule is an AWD variant of the Megane RS.

Read the entire article Spy photos indicate that an AWD Renault Megane RS could be coming

Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s new Megane GT hatchback can now be had with a 165hp dCi twin turbo engine.

The new diesel will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and will also come with an adjustable 4Control steering technology. Renault described the four-wheel control to adapt to the rear wheels’ turn-in angle for better driving and handling. In addition, the spring and damper settings have been calibrated even further to suit the vehicle’s GT characteristics.

Among its new features are the gunmetal rear diffuser, honeycomb grille, newly designed air intakes, improved suspension and four wheel steering. There is also a sportier GT exterior package that comes with perforated leather wrapped steering wheel and dark charcoal sport seats with built-in headrests.

Read the entire article 165 hp dCi diesel engine is now an option for the 2017 Renault Megane GT

Many fans have been wondering whether Renault is going to create another sport car. It has been two decades since Renault produced its Spider sports car – which was discontinued in 1999 – and the carmaker has yet to find a suitable replacement for this small sports car.

It cannot be denied that Renault – through its Renault Sports unit – provided the auto market with fast and stunning hatchbacks. On the other hand, Renault’s Alpine has been left in charge of developing a new sport car. In fact, Alpine’s sports car – in production form – was spotted recently. But it seems that people are still hoping that Renault itself would go back to producing sports car.

That should not be surprising considering that Renault has been involved in high-level motorsports. This is the irony of Renault’s position – it manufactures engines for high-level racing cars, and yet it does not have its own sports vehicle. If there is one true sports car that Renault managed to create a breakthrough, it was the Sport Spider.

Read the entire article Artist renders new Renault Spider Concept, our jaws drop!

Renault has showcased a Duster Extreme and a Sandero RS Grand Prix Concept at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Several Renault concepts and production models were seen at the event. For those who didn’t know, Renault is one of the major automotive brands in South America. The debut of Renault Koleos and Kaptur also took place at the Sao Paulo show. A Kwid Outsider concept has been showcased as well but the Sandero RS Grand Prix and the Duster Extreme are expected to stand out from the crowd.

Renault Sandero RS is using the same 148hp 2L petrol engine but it has a tougher exterior finish including the use of Formula 1’s signature colours. The interiors also share the same finishing touches consisting mostly of black and gold combinations.

Duster Extreme meanwhile has a more rugged appearance and is equipped with a 2L engine and a four-wheel-drive. Its improved interior, roof-mounted LEDs, modified bumpers and special set of wheels very much represent the Duster’s extreme concept design. It also got a slight increase in the ground clearance to suit the Duster’s more adventurous side.

Read the entire article Renault debuts Sandero RS Grand Prix Concept at 2016 Sao Paolo Motor Show

Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but there’s nothing more momentous than this. At least for the whole 2016. From what we can recall, the last time we heard something like this has occurred, was in 2014. That was after Chrysler was bought out by Fiat Automobiles. But that’s a different story.

Mitsubishi, as we know, has had a very difficult year following reports of the cheating scandal. Oh wait, you haven’t heard about that yet? Well, Mitsubishi got itself screwed up after it was revealed that most of its vehicles (marketed for Japan) cheated on emissions test ratings. Sadly, they had been lying about their cars’ fuel efficiency, and that went on for twenty-five long years.

Now it seems as if Nissan felt really bad for Mitsubishi, but that may not be the case. It has been five months since the buy off was initiated and only became official recently. Technically speaking, Nissan now owns thirty four percent of Mitsubishi. That only means that Nissan also gets the upper hand over Mitsubishi Motors. You’d think 34% is too little, but according to Japanese corporate law, that percentage is enough to make things go their way. Besides, it costs 237 billion Yen (or equivalent to $184 billion).

Read the entire article Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance

Renault recently revealed its all-electric Grand Tourer concept car with the Trezor. Unveiled during the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it features the most recent advances in autonomous driving, an all-electric powertrain, and interior experience, all while remaining to have the sensual, simple, and warm lines the company is known for.

Similar to the 2010 DeZir Concept, the Trezor makes use of the Love “petal” that is based on the company’s design strategy called the “Life Flower.” However the company disclosed that the Trezor is a glimpse of what future models could be.

Powering the Trezor is a motor founded on the company’s knowledge when it comes to electric vehicles. Renault has long been known to be the best-selling electric vehicle company in Europe and is recognized as a pioneer when it comes to electric mobility.

Read the entire article Renault unveils all-electric Trezor Concept at 2016 Paris Motor Show

The Renault Clio is finally getting relaunched 26 years after it was first introduced. Around 13 million units of this automobile have been delivered since the original version, making it a true best-seller. New details and finishes are noticeable and give the all new Clio a slinkier appeal, which is highlighted by its lighting signature and all-LED Pure Vision head lamps.

Additionally, this new model features one of the widest powertrain line-ups available.

Apart from the standard rear parking sensor, some Clio versions also feature a front parking sensor and a backing camera. Additionally, the more fully-loaded versions include an Easy Park Assist which helps the driver with parking manoeuvres.

Read the entire article Renault launches Clio 4 Facelift, available with 11 engine/transmission combos

Renault Sport revealed that it will be unveiling the Clio RS16 in time for its 40th anniversary celebration. Considered as a rather crazy idea, teams from the brand worked on this concept car and in barely five months managed to come up with a working model. Part of the work was equipping the Clio RS16 with the turbo 2.0-liter engine that could deliver power at 275 bhp and torque at 360 Nm.

This same engine originated from the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R. In order to utilize its full potential, the Clio RS16 needed to have suspension systems and a chassis that included solutions developed specifically for racing. Helping reinforce its claim as the brand’s most powerful road car yet is the body that is wider by 60 mm and its 19-inch wheels. The Clio RS16 has both the name and the color theme from the single-seater RS16 and marks the return of the brand as Formula 1 constructor.

On May 27, 2016, fans were given their first glimpse of the Clio RS16 during the Monaco Grand Prix. It was driven by none other than Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Kevin Magnussen. It was way back in October 2015 when the Renault Sport Cars head office conducted a brainstorming session where the concept for the Clio RS16 started to take shape. Specifically, it was Managing Director Patrice Ratti who met with the team to initialize new projects as part of the commemoration of the brand’s 40th anniversary.

Read the entire article Renault Sport celebrates 40th anniversary with Clio RS16 Concept

Renault unveiled the Koleos, its latest addition to its extensive portfolio, during the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. As expected from a D-segment SUV, the Koleos displays a muscular and powerful exterior and is fitted with unequalled four-wheel drive technology.

Due to a 213 mm ground clearance, it continues to have all-terrain capability. Being a Renault, it also carries characteristics specific to the brand. The interior shows comfort and refinement, with seats equipped with design and technologies that are unparalleled in its class.

It has equipment that is also seen in high-end models, an example of which is the R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet. The cabin space continues to be top-notch with knee room in the rear of 289 mm. Present in the Koleos is a mix of features related to large saloon cars and strong SUV cues.

Read the entire article Renault unveil its new generation Koleos

Renault has launched its new KAPTUR crossover, part of the new 10-model splurge that Groupe Renault’s president and chief executive Carlos Ghosn has announced for this year. These new 10 models are part of Ghosn’s plan to expand Renault’s reach beyond Europe, particularly in Russia.

Renault expects the introduction of the KAPTUR in the fast-growing SUV segment to help it secure its grip in the Russian and Eurasian Customs Union markets. KAPTUR should complete Renault’s SUV and crossover range in Russia alongside the Sandero Stepway, Duster and Koleos.

Laurens van den Acker, Vice President for Corporate Design at Groupe Renault, remarked during the presentation of the KAPTUR that the new SUV is a blend of the best in Renault’s stunning design while considering Russian needs for off-road abilities, versatility and travelling comfort.

Read the entire article Renault launches new KAPTUR crossover in Russia

Groupe Renault revealed the Alpine Vision show car at the home of the well-known Monte Carlo Rally. As Groupe Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn puts it, the automotive and motorsports industries are "deeply rooted" in Groupe Renault's DNA.

Alpine is a step to further Groupe Renault's strategy to leverage craftsmanship and modern technology between road and track. According to Ghosn, Groupe Renault looks forward to "reaching new customers" in the luxury sports vehicle segment. Earlier this month, the company unveiled its return to Formula One with a Renault team.

The Alpine Vision perfectly blends excellent agility and outstanding styling, staying true to the Alpine A110 Berlinette that was admired by motorsports enthusiasts worldwide. The show car is powered by a core completed with a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which was designed and engineered by Renault Sport.

Read the entire article Renault unveils Alpine Vision sportscar concept, production version to come out in 2017
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