• Oct 1, 2010

Renault Dezir concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Don't let anyone tell you that Renault can't do a concept car. The French manufacturer pulled the sheets back on its all-electric Dezir at this year's Paris Motor Show, and the concept is as sexy as it is absurd. Designers took a stab in an all-new direction with a pair of reverse-hinged butterfly doors that are the epitome of awesome. Likewise, the ultra-wide stance and aluminum sideblades are our kind of flashy. As you might expect, this concept makes use of a fittingly-futuristic powertrain. Renault says that under all of that curvy sheet metal there's a full EV drivetrain on hand.

Surprisingly enough, there isn't supercar-rivaling power on hand, though. The company puts the Dezir final horsepower figure at around 150 ponies and 166 pound-feet of torque – not exactly e-tron rivaling numbers. Even so, the concept is said to be able to dart to around 60 mph in just shy of five seconds. Check it out in our high-res image galleries below.




Live photos by Drew Phillips, Zach Bowman / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      looks sweet to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People's first reactions to this car seem to be that it is just a concept. But people had the same reaction to the Renault Spider.

      http://www.renault.com/en/PassionSport/les-vehicules-historiques/Pages/renault-spider.aspx

      Renault have used kind of wild cars (like mid-mount V6 Clios) to promote new drivetrains in the past, and this is perhaps their most important new drivetrain. I think this could be a fun limited production car... it wouldn't surprise me if they made a few.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They have some pretty unorthodox mathemeticians there at Renault because I'm predicting the weight of all those batteries combined with 150hp and 166 torques is going to give you absolutely lethargic performance. 0-60 in under 5 seconds is a pipe dream.

      It's cool looking, but needs a slightly smaller Renault logo on the front. Geez.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have to make a distinction between "peak torque" and "torque". When it comes to piston engines the torque value actually is the peak torque, which is reached above 1,500-2,000 rpm (typically). The big advantage of electric motors is that the torque is almost constant from 0 (zero) rpm. Added to that, no clutch + no gear changes = you are able to accelerate continuously from 0 to 60 mph.

        By the way the French, together with Americans, take the lion's share of Fields medallists, so maths may not be their weak spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In B4 R8 comments. Although they are totally justified, side blade and front gills and all. It's pretty in a French(car) way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that panel were the same color as everything else we wouldn't even be comparing it to the R8. It just a style thing. The car is very pretty though. I like it a lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those side bulges look like its lungs! I can just imagine them start moving in and out, IT'S ALIVE!


      BTW, cool car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I get that, that's wot a concept car is meant to be but if they're not planning on beautifying the world with this gorgeous car then why not hand out the blueprint so we can get the kit version and strap a rs 250 on that sexy bottom
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is this a somewhat melted R8?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I thought when I saw it: Audi R8 popsicle left out of the fridge for to long.

        I think the creation of this concept went like this:

        Renault designer #1: Pierre! What should our concepta car look like?
        Renault designer #2: Haw haw haw! I havea an idea!

        Designer # 2 then found a model of an R8 and stuck in the microwave. Afterward they both had a crepe. :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it's just you :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently to drive a car now days it's no longer required to actually see out of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I left my Hotwheels out in the sun again....
        • 4 Years Ago
        On a similar note - I was just thinking, as I was perusing the gallery, how it looks like Mattel must've lost some of their designers to the real deal lately. Better than having a bunch of guys from Colgate or Johnson & Johnson designing cars at least. If they can't make it in real life...can they sell the molds to a kit company? This from Factory 5 with a new 5.0 strapped to the rear would be killer...screw electric.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what a concept car should be - fantastical, brimming with ideas and tech, but unlikely in itself ever to see the light of day in production. Wonderful job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the French. This car, along with the GTbyCitroen, has me thinking that expressive, but cohesive designs seem to have passed from the Italians to the French.

      I love those dimples all over the chrome and above the headlights. Surprising.
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