Radical mid-engined, gullwing coupé showcases Renault's future design language
1 October 2010

Renault has unveiled its latest concept - a dramatic mid-engined, gullwing coupé called the DeZir - at the Paris motor show.

The car has revealed the firm’s bold new styling direction. It’s 4.2m long, only slightly shorter than a Mégane coupé but sits almost 10cm lower than an Audi R8.

It’s powered by a mid-mounted electric motor, backed up by a lithium-ion battery. Renault says the unit produces a relatively modest 148bhp and 167lb ft, but the DeZir’s construction — a mixture of a tubular steel frame and Kevlar bodywork — means it weighs just 830kg, so it can hit 62mph in 5.0sec.

The powertrain also offers recuperated brake energy for an extra slug of performance. The battery pack’s range is around 100 miles, but it can be replenished to 80 per cent of full charge in 20 minutes using Renault’s Quick Drop fast-charging technology.

Matt Saunders blog: Will the next Clio look as good as the DeZir concept?

Renault states that “the front-end design previews the new front-end identity that is poised to become a feature of all Renault models in the future”.

That process is likely to be led by the next-generation Clio; insiders say that key cues from the DeZir’s nose, including the ‘eyelid’ headlights and exaggerated Renault logo, are likely to make it onto that car.

The two-occupant interior features a single bench seat carrying Renault logo-based graphics that are expected to be used on future production models.

Contrasting finishes of red lacquer and white leather have been used throughout the cabin, while an ambient lighting set-up is designed to make the seat appear as if it is floating.

Renault says it has been working with acoustics experts IRCAM on a ‘false’ soundtrack for the car, in place of an engine exhaust note.

The fact that the DeZir’s construction techniques are shared with the Mégane Trophy race car — built at a factory in Dieppe — is likely to add to speculation that Renault is preparing to bring back the Alpine brand that occupied the facility.

But Renault sources have denied that the model is a preview for an Alpine roadster.

John McIlroy

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5 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Renault’s new chief designer Laurent van den Acker has revealed the firm’s bold new styling direction, with this dramatic mid-engined, gullwing coupé.
[/quote] Looks great. Not sure how the styling cues shown here will translate onto a Clio, but almost anything will look better than the current Clio. This concept seems to have lots of innovative ideas for a real mass manufacturer to adopt, with a 100 mile range it might even prove fairly useable.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

5 July 2010

It looks good, but it really doesn't have that " Wow " factor. Renault used to be able to do that quite well.

5 July 2010

Quite like the design, but what's the point of opposingly hinged doors?

5 July 2010

YEP!, as usual typical French flair, but as a hybrid or fully electric it's a non starter, a hundred miles range?, then it's a track car, a toy, it's not practical everyday transport, when they can triple this distance then these cars will come into there own, but when?, ten years?, five years?,and their too expensive just now,don't get me wrong, get all the factors we motorists are interested in and we'll buy them, performance with no pollution and good MPG?,motoring nirvana!

Peter Cavellini.

5 July 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]what's the point of opposingly hinged doors?[/quote]

They do it this way so that even when Renault decides not to put anything even remotely similar to this into production the people who would not have bought one anyway can avoid any worry about which way the doors would have opened (had it been possible to buy such a car) and do so regardless of whether they do most of their driving on the left or the right. Apparently.

5 July 2010

[quote WFC Holden][quote Jon Hardcastle]what's the point of opposingly hinged doors?[/quote]

They do it this way so that even when Renault decides not to put anything even remotely similar to this into production the people who would not have bought one anyway can avoid any worry about which way the doors would have opened (had it been possible to buy such a car) and do so regardless of whether they do most of their driving on the left or the right. Apparently.

[/quote]Thanks for that, and there was I thinking it's just a concept car gimmick :-)

5 July 2010

An 830kgs, 148bhp lithium-ion car makes me appreciate how much better it could be with a small 750cc turbo petrol with 148bhp. It would be super light weight (530kgs?), awesome, road tax free and 75 to 100mpg possible.

5 July 2010

Yes please! That's stunning... anyone else see a hint of Alfa Romeo Montreal at the front?

But I'll have mine with a real engine, thanks. The range limitations would be quite severe if it only weighs that little... yes, here we go, I'm about to ask for a gas turbine range extender.

Oh, and also, Renault, don't bother with a fake soundtrack. I'd be quite happy being hurled towards the horizon in total silence... I suspect that would be just as thrilling as the howl of a V12 or somesuch.

5 July 2010

Now how is this stupid car gonna show us the new design language from Renault. Anybody can design an exciting sportscar, the real problem is to make a hatchback exciting, or at least designing a car that really brings something new to the game. Wrong start for a new design chief, too bad.

5 July 2010

the electric motor has a 110kw output, the battery has a 24kwh capacity. So the car has a range of 13 minutes at maximum power... imagine just getting upto speed on the autobahn then having to call for a tow truck to take you home.

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