• Mar 25, 2011
Renault DeZir Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Most European automakers have their own dedicated performance division. What separates a line within the automaker's range from a stand-alone brand, however, is the production of its own unique models. AMG, for example, straddled the divide with the SLS, which doesn't exist as a non-AMG version, but is still labeled as a Mercedes-Benz. BMW's M division, on the other hand, only produces tweaked versions of the company's regular production models. Abarth has long been rumored to get its own roadster model, separate from Fiat's range. But if the latest reports from across the pond prove accurate, Renaultsport could beat them to the punch.

Renault had been toying with the idea of reviving the old Alpine name with a dedicated sportscar, but word is that those plans have been scrapped in favor of a Renaultsport roadster. The French automaker's motorsport and tuning division (ironically based at the old Alpine factory) is well known for its hot hatches, and previously produced the Spider as its own model some 15 years ago.

Rumor has it that the Renaultsport Spider's successor could essentially be a production version of the DeZir concept (pictured above) that previewed Renault's new design language last year at the Paris salon. It may be too early to tell if the production version would retain the concept's electric drivetrain or go with one of the tuned gasoline or diesel engines from one of the division's existing models, but a limited production run could be in the cards, and could lead to one or two more dedicated Renaultsport models as well. For our part, we can only hope the plans come to fruition, and that maybe a Nissan version might make it to these shores as well.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely some heavy R8 influence there
      • 3 Years Ago
      "(ironically based at the old Alpine factory)"

      Perhaps you mean 'coincidentally', or 'conveniently'? That doesn't strike me as ironic at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strangely enough, I was wishing for a new Alpine A610/GTA revival the other day, even if it is from a coach-builder, rather than Renault.

      A 2+2 A910 (A310->A610-> next progression is A910), and a 2-seater DeLorean DMC12 successor.

      It would be great (for people with $$$) to basically coach-build that on top of a Carrera 4S Porsche. Why not have AWD? Rear engine does it better than mid-engined can, as it is more direct than Audi R8/Gallardo's around-the-engine layout.

      The thought originally occurred to me for a Subaru H6 with the STI manual gearbox drivetrain run backwards, with the differential ring gears for the front and rear axles flipped 180 degrees. But Porsche already does it, and has put decades into refining rear-engine chassis dynamics.

      I love the Carrera/Targa/Turbo AWD cars, but why should they have all the fun? Why not have a competitor with folded-paper italian design, like Giugiaro's contribution to the DeLorean DMC12 design brought up to date with a A310-and-newer Alpine-like slant-nose treatment.

      On more of a reality level, if Renault does build a roadster, I hope they do it well. Elise/Exige are getting a re-design soon, and Alfa's 4C just arrived, and VW/Audi are bringing out the Bluesport-based production car, and Audi's R4 version, and Porsche are rumored to be going down-market further with their base sports car with flat-4 power, too.

      I was thinking that an Alpine/DeLorean revival or homage would be something interesting that not everyone else is doing already. If Renault/Nissan does it in house, perhaps it wouldn't need to be as expensive as a Porsche, and could run a turbo 4, or 350-horsepower VQ-series V6 from the G37 IPL or Nismo 370Z.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That DeZir concept looks fantastic, so I think it would be great to see it hit production, but I guess it doesn't much matter since it would never hit the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does that front end remind me of a really bad pair of 1980's era sunglasses?
        • 3 Years Ago
        in that case, Kanye West will buy one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would buy
        Larry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Finally some original styling, and NOT over-styled.