Dacia Duster ESF

Skiing the French Alps is something you'd likely associate with a luxury lifestyle. Dacia, on the other hand, is a budget brand. In other words, diametric opposites, you might think – until you recall that it's the Dacia Duster that's been challenging for France's Andros Trophy ice racing series at the hands of none other than Alain Prost. Now Renault's low-cost Romanian subsidiary has announced a new special edition model.

Drawing on its years of partnership with the École de Ski Français (that's French ski school, for the linguistically unfamiliar), the new limited edition Duster gets a white paint job, special badging, a reinforced aluminum sump guard, a roof rack to accommodate four pairs of skis, and a set of spare wheels pre-fitted with snow tires. Otherwise, the equipment is the same as the Lauréate 4x4 trim level, and it's powered by a 110-horsepower turbodiesel four.

So who would be interested in buying a limited-edition Dacia? Ski instructors, apparently. The ESF edition Duster is available exclusively to ESF instructors, with a €18,990 sticker price. If that description just happens to fit you, well... do yourself a favor and read the complete press release after the break.

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Limited edition Dacia Duster Ecole de Ski Français

A year after Dacia Duster's launch, the first limited edition version of the model is now available, namely Duster École de Ski Français.The newcomer, which marks the extension of the Group's 10-year partnership with the École de Ski Français (ESF), is based on the Lauréate 4x4 version and is powered by the dCi 110 Euro5 engine. Its price is €18,990 and it can only be purchased by ESF skiing instructors.

The limited edition École de Ski Français version of Dacia Duster – which is fittingly only available in Glacier White – is easy to recognise thanks to its:
  • ESF badging
  • strengthened aluminium sump guard
  • transverse roof bars with ski rack (for four pairs of skis)
It is based on Dacia Duster's Lauréate equipment level and comes with the following standard features (in bold: additional equipment compared with Lauréate specification):

Equipment Foglamps
Electrically-adjustable heated exterior mirrors
Manual climate control
Radio-CD with steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control and MP3 playback
Accessories Four watertight tray-type rubber mats
Wheels Four stylish 16-inch steel wheels
Set of four additional wheels fitted with heavy duty winter tyres (Continental)
Spare whee

Price

Duster ESF dCi 110 4x4 €18,990
CO2 emissions 145g/km

Options

ESP + ASR traction control €300
Platine Grey body colour €450