Dacia previews Duster with new ice racer; Duster name confirmed
17 November 2009

This is the first glimpse of the new Dacia Duster, a budget crossover that could go on sale in the UK next year.

Confirming the Duster name, parent company Renault has unveiled the car initially as a V6-powered ice-racer that will be piloted by ex-F1 driver Alain Prost in the Trophee Andros.

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Although the road car will be substantially toned-down the production car’s silhouette and proportions will be much the same, as will the front and rear lights.

Renault had previously axed plans to bring Dacia to the UK because market conditions made it uneconomic to set up a new brand with small profit margins.

However a source has told Autocar that bringing Dacia to the UK could still happen as soon as 2010. “It is being considered for next year,” he said.

The line-up is likely to consist of the Sandero five-door and the Duster. “A hatch and a four-wheel drive would make sense,” added the source.

The Duster uses the Dacia Logan platform and the engine line-up will almost certainly include the 1.5 dCi Renault powerplant. The car will be launched at next year’s Geneva motor show.

The ice racer features a fibreglass body concealing a tubular chassis and 3-litre, 24-valve V6 in the middle. It delivers peak power of 345bhp at 7500rpm and maximum torque of 265lb ft at 5500rpm.

Weight is kept to just 950kg. Prost will be driving the car for the 2009/2010 season.

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17 November 2009

Like most Dacia products, this is another recycled Renault...... in this case a re-bodied Clio V6?

I can't wait until the budget Dacia R26R gets bought out!



It's all about the twisties........

17 November 2009

I must say that it's hard to form any sort of concrete opinions regarding this 'budget crossover' from the photos of the bespoke car in the photos, other than the fact that Dacia are considering building a car with this name. Still, all those Grannies who will be the target market for this car will definitely be swayed by this.

17 November 2009

Go go le Professeur!

17 November 2009

[quote david RS]Go go le Professeur![/quote]

A prost fan??!

20 November 2009

Wow the "Top Gear" team will be made up, especially JC



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