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The French automakers have a knack for creating some of the visually unique and interesting cars on the market. If you don’t believe that, take on look at the new KWID Concept from Renault . An exterior that looks like an angry, off-road hatchback is painted a hue of steel and covered in bright sunshine yellow accents. It has an interior that appears to be built by stretching massive rubber bands across the inside. It also comes with a remote controlled quad-copter.

Who the hell thinks of this stuff?

The quirky concept is design to shoot cupid’s arrow straight through the heart of the young and tech-savvy buyer. It is loaded with high tech wizardry, and even features a tablet computer built into the dash.

The KWID is aimed squarely at developing markets like India where new car buyers tend to be far younger than in other more developed car-buying nations.

Continue reading to find out more about this chunk of French madness.

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Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

We are all very excited to see the Renault Alpine, but it looks like we may have to wait longer than expected. According to Autocar, there was a secret customer clinic where the automaker showed off its upcoming sports car. Well, apparently customers didn’t respond the way the Renault team had expected, so it sent the car back to the drawing board for a redesign. This latest delay will push the sports car ’s release back by about a year — somewhere in late 2016.

Reportedly, there are also some frustrations from the Caterham side, as its bosses had signed off on the design some time ago and has been on hold since. Caterham needs to get to polishing off the under-skin components, so we can understand that frustration.

Caterham’s was diplomatic and did not comment specifically on the frustrations. He did however, admit that there are some issues that are causing frustrations for both teams, but Renault assured him that this project is a top priority.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept.

Source: Autocar
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Ant lover of racing games has wondered at on time or another just how close the game is to real racing. Imagine, taking the same car you are using in the game and putting it head-to-head with the real car on the real-life version of the track you are racing on; what a fantastic idea, right?

To date, we have never seen this test, but the folks over at Viagame did just that in order to find out which crosses the finish line first, the virtual racer or the real-life on..

To perform this crazy test, they recruited one of Sweden’s best gamers and put him in a Renault Mégane Red Bull Edition with gaming system installed in it. They then took a real-life race car driver and put him in the driver’s seat of the Renault and headed for the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona to see who wins.

Check out the above video to see who wins, it’s pretty neat to see real versus virtual in a head-to-head battle.

Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Mega Mega ne itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.

Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.

It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos , a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata , despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.

So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriole

With the launch of the new Renault Clio , it was only right for Renault to also give an update to its existing rally car , the Clio Renaultsport R3. After all, it’s been seven years since the R3 first hit the rally scene so it’s high time that a new one shows its face, right?

Well, Renault Sport Technologies is acquiescing and has released new information about the R3’s successor, the Clio Renaultsport R3T rally car. Set to launch in 2014, the R3T was built to comply with current FIA R3 regulations, which will now come with at least a turbocharged version of the car’s existing 1.6-liter engine that Renault Sport engineers have continuously adapted to racing specifications.

In addition to the revised engine, the R3T will also come with a host of modifications, specifically built and developed for rally purposes. Among these include a new six-speed sequential transmission with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters in the asphalt version, as well as specialized equipment, including Sadev gearboxes, Sachs shock absorbers, PFC brakes, and Cosworth electronics.

All these updates should give the Clio Renaultsport R3T an impressive package that will create interest from rally teams all over the world. The model isn’t expected to gain approval until the latter part of 2014, but Renault wants to make sure that the returns end up becoming worth the wait.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Renault Clio

Source: Rev

Out of the shadows of all the major auto shows happening all over the world at this time of the year, the Johannesburg Motor Show is scheduled to open its doors on October 16th, and at least one automaker will be in attendance to introduce a new concept vehicle.

That automaker is Renault and recently, the French company released teaser photos of the concept in question, aptly called the Duster Detour Concept. The vehicle is based on the Renault Duster , the company’s resident budget off-roader that was penned and developed by Renault Design Central Europe in partnership with a Johannesburg-based design studio.

Four teaser images were spliced together to give us hints of what to expect of the Duster Detour Concept. The two-tone Pearl Yellow and Matte Grey paint is inline with past Renault concepts, and the edges and curves appear to suggest some inspiration on the Dakar rally, as well as what Renault calls a mix of a little "Mad Max with a touch of the Terminator."

Nothing like cinematic references to get our interests going.

Fog lights were also included just under what looks like a newly designed front grille. A set of five-spoke alloy wheels with orange accents is also part of the concept, as is what the company says is a spacious and revised interior cabin.

The Renault Duster Detail Concept will make its debut on October 16th, at which time we’ll get to see how much Mad Max and how much Terminator was inspired in the design of the concept off-roader.

Click past the jump to read about the Dacia Duster

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The co-developed, A110-50 Concept -inspired sports cars between Caterham and Renault -owned Alpine is quickly shaping up after the final designs for both models have been signed off by company execs.

The two respective models, one carrying a Caterham badge and the other an Alpine badge, are expected to give the two brands their respective stand-alone models. According to Autocar, the launch for both models have been penciled in for 2016 with Caterham even referring to its model as the "C120".

Unlike the Toyota GT86/SubaruBRZ/Scion FR-S trinity that all carried the same styling language, the Caterham Caterham and Alpine sports cars will not be rebadged models; both will actually have different bodies and interiors, something Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker, alluded to when he said that both models will have "completely different impressions that will showcase the best of the two companies."

Performance numbers for both models will likely hit around 250 horsepower, although Caterham has indicated that it could bump its model up to 300 horsepower, all while using the same Renault engine that the Alpine version will carry.

It should get very interesting to see how both brands move forward with their respective iterations of this shared platform. What we do know is that the launch is going to take longer than it was initially planned, which only means that both companies have more time to blow out socks off.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Source: Autocar UK

In addition to the outrageous concepts and world premieres that have debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show , a number of models who are generously described as concepts yet look more like production previews are also in attendance.

One of these models comes courtesy of French automaker Renault . Specifically, the model is called the Initiale Paris Concept and it’s being touted as a preview model for the automaker’s resident people-carrier, the Espace.

While we’re disappointed that it’s not a preview of its future sports car, the Alpine, the Initiale Paris Concept does look like a very worthy step forward for the normally mundane Espace. Renault’s current styling direction is pretty evident on the concept, specifically the headlight details, the low-slung plexiglass roof, the sleek side styling and of particular note to us, the honeycomb intakes just below the integrated bumper.

The design is also in line with Renault’s recent proclamation that the Espace will look less like a minivan and more like a crossover, something that should appeal to its overall makeup.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Espace

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Last time Chris Harris tested the Ford Fiesta ST he decided to do so in a rather strange way...

In the latest episode of Drive, Harris decided to find a more suitable test for the ST, as he put it against a Renault Clio RS 200 . We’ll need to be completely honest with you from the start, and let you know that this was no ordinary ST. This one is actually carrying with it a dealer-installed Mountune performance kit.

For those that aren’t familiar with the Ford Fiesta ST Mountune, we’ll remind you that this petite hatchback delivers 215 PS (212 horsepower) at at 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm (236) pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. This puts the Clio at a 12-horsepower and 59-pound-feet disadvantage, but it has a paddle-operated gearbox to the Fiesta’s manual, making it easier to launch and shift.

Check out the video to see Harris pushing the two little hatches to almost to their breaking point, and find out if the paddle-shift auto helps out enough to overcome the huge power gap.

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Renault unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new family of Megane models, topping the lineup with the high-performance version: the Renault Sport 265. The model received an updated exterior look that includes a new hood and headlights, plus some elements inspired F1 technology.

If you remember, a special edition Megane RS 265 Trophy smashed the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars back in 2011, and it was to expected for the new Megane R.S. to pay tribute to that model. From the Trophy model this new Megane R.S. borrows a few design elements, like the 19-inches wheels wrapped in the same Bridgestone high-performance tires used to set the world record.

The model comes equipped with limited-slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations — Sport or Cup — allowing the driver to enjoy it at its full potential.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Megane R.S. 265


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