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Dragonfly-Inspired Renault Coupe Concept

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Paris Auto Show, Renault by Geoff | November 9th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Renault Megane Coupe Concept
Renault Megane Coupe Concept

A new production two-door from Renault is definitely slated for 2009.  Whether all of the design elements present in the concept pictured here are carried over into that car (including a full set of gullwing doors), is still being debated.

Unique Gullwing Doors
Unique Gullwing Doors

At the very least, the Megane Coupe concept is believed to preview the future evolution of Renault design.  The most striking feature of the concept are the aforementioned two-piece gullwing doors.  Similar to the operation of the doors, which as they open separate like dragonfly wings, the trunk opens and lifts to minimize vertical travel, allowing easy access for passengers.  Among the concept’s other features are LED headlamps and foglamps, accented by aluminum-finish air intakes and four independent light tubes at the rear that are contained within the bodywork.  The cockpit contains independent, asymmetric front seats that have an thin shape and appear to float above the floor. The layered center console extends to the rear seats. The instrument panel is finished in red lacquer with black nubuck inserts, aviator-style analog gauges with white graphics and red backlighting and Renault-pioneerd Touch Design controls. The central multimedia control is coupled with a display divided into three areas.

The central part displays all travel-related information, while the screens to either side show the images relayed by cameras contained within the exterior mirrors.  Both rear passengers benefit from a portable Samsung P2 audio/video multimedia player with touch screen which they can use to swap files using the mp3/video Bluetooth controls.  The entire car is also designed to be locked and unlocked via a Sumsung cellphone, an increasingly popular option for future vehicles.

Renault Megane Concept Interior
Renault Megane Concept Interior

The Megane Coupe Concept is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, the engine propels the car from zero to 60 mph in less than 7.2 seconds.  Though not exceptional the concept makes up for that by returning fuel economy of 36 mpg.  To further elevate, or at least convey the appearance of the concept’s performance, the car features a sport chassis, plus suspension and steering engineered to improve handling.  Finally, the car sits on 21 inch aluminium alloy, seven-spoke wheels finished in appropriately named satin-finish Dragon Grey.

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