It’s noisy, slow and spine-jarringly hard-riding. It’s got a turning circle as big as a dustin lorry’s. The steering’s so heavy that you almost can’t move it when the car’s stationary. Rear visibility is worse than in an old-school Lamborghini, the seat belts don’t do up; the doors won’t even stay closed once you’re moving.
And yet you just can’t help looking at the spectacular Renault DeZir concept and wishing you could own one. That’s how appealing this electric two-seater concept car is in the metal (well, Kevlar and lightweight steel tubing, if we’re being strictly accurate).
I’ve already written one blog in praise of the DeZir’s curves, but see them out in the real world, rather than in pictures or on a motor show stand, and I’d challenge anyone not to fall in love with this car. Watching our video might even be enough, if it wasn’t for the fat bloke who keeps nattering on throughout.
And neatly enough, inspiring warm, amorous feelings was exactly the intention of new Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker with DeZir. “We need people to fall in love with the Renault brand all over again,” he told me. They’ll certainly do that.
Question is, if there’s no chance of consummating that love, can Renault be surprised if we’re all left a bit, well, frustrated? Renault insiders say there’s almost no chance that the DeZir will make it to production. Boo indeed.
The best we can hope for is that the new affordable sports car that Renault has been flirting with for so long - the ‘new’ Alpine A110 Berlinette, as Renault’s designers currently like to think of it - will actually happen as part of the latest product push, and moreover that it will inherit some of the DeZir’s incredible looks.
On that subject, can I finally petition Renault to stop worrying about the economic climate, the name, the platform or the exact market positioning, and just give us a proper, affordable, rear-driven sports car with a chassis sorted out by Renaultsport? It’ll sell like candyfloss at the funfair. And I can’t be the only person who thinks so.