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Renault , in collaboration with Gibson, is celebrating its second year at the Rock En Seine music festival with the unveiling of a one-of-kind Wind Gordini and a unique ’Gordini by Gibson’ electric guitar. The new "Gordini by Gibson" will be painted in a special blue livery with two white stripes.

The blue paint will be combined with gloss black feature across the bodywork and Gibson logos on the doors. The leather seats will feature a blue and white combination with Gibson logos embroidered on the seat backs. There is also a blue leather-trimmed dashboard, white seat belt straps, and chrome air vents and door handles to jazz up the otherwise boring model.

"We had tremendous fun designing the Wind-based ’Gordini by Gibson’ show car and carrying Gordini’s visual identity over to the Gibson SG ’61 guitar," says Julia Macfarlane, colours and materials designer at Renault. "I hope that we succeed in conveying the passion that fired us throughout the project and that visitors to the Rock en Seine festival will like the result."

Renault ’s resident hot hatch, the Megane RS 250 , has been the subject of numerous special edition models in the past. Now you can add one more. The French automaker has officially released details of the latest limited run Megane RS 250, the Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition.

Each model comes with plenty of aesthetic upgrades, justifying its label as a true special edition model. The Pearlescent White paint finish strikingly complements the piano black trim on the car’s side mirrors, rear diffuser, and fog-lamp surrounds. The special edition model also features a panoramic roof, bi-xenon directional headlights, and a set of 19" alloy wheels with matching Brembro brakes and red calipers.

Inside, the additional styling cues include a black-and-white leather trim with white accents on the center console, dash-strip, and door handles. Finally, both the sports seats and floor mats received a special stitching bearing the name ’Monaco GP’.

Despite the extensive work done on the car’s exterior and interior, Renault left the powertrain unchanged, which means that you’ll still be receiving the same R26-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 250 horsepower and 251 lb/ft of torque.

Only 50 models will be made of the Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition, so if you’re interested, you might want to grab a piece before the well dries completely.

Launched on the market in 1996, the Renault Scenic is currently in its third generation. And although the third generation Scenic has only been out on the market for a little over a year, the company is preparing it for a bigger facelift. The revised vehicle has been caught testing somewhere in France and as the spy images show, Renault is trying its best to get the Scenic up to par with the latest MPVs coming out.

While the prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, expect the final product to have an exterior design matching that of Renault’s latest concept cars. As for the engine line-up, Expect the same engines as found in the current seven seater model, along with an extra engine thrown in for good measure. Renault will be offering a new 1.6 turbo diesel "dci Energy" with a total output of 130 HP.

Expect the new Scenic in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Renault has unveiled today the first details on the Frendzy concept car set to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. It is a fully electric concept with an asymmetrically body, that features some of the most impressive innovations of the moment: BlackBerry® PlayBook™ controls 37-inch digital screen on sliding rear door, unique "sound signatures" inside and out, fabric roof adapts to shape of bulky objects, magnetic fixings allow loads to be secured to floor, slate board in rear cabin for children to sketch on, touch-sensitive pad slides out from driver’s seat for rear passenger movie watching or gaming, two color ambient lighting settings to differentiate family and work time.

The concept is powered by an electric motor that delivers a total of 60 HP and a peak torque of 166 lbs-ft and is mated to a direct drive tranmission with reverse. The concept can hit a top speed of 80 mph.

Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Design Renault: "Frendzy is the fourth vehicle to illustrate Renault’s new design strategy, a series which started with DeZir. It takes an original and innovative stance on the world of light commercial vehicles - a key part of Renault’s activities".

With all the record-breaking attempts taking place at an increasing rate these days, it only seems fair to bring to everyone’s attention the latest attempt at a new record.

As a way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Renault4, Renault is offering its services to a team that call themselves the “Triplets de Bonneville”. The team is looking to earn the title of being the fastest Renault4 ever built at the Bonneville Speed Week this coming August.

As a car that was first introduced back in 1961, the Renault4’s production lasted for three decades before it ended in 1992. In its time, the Renault4 developed a world-wide following, a legion of enthusiasts that are looking to celebrate the vehicle’s 50th anniversary with the kind of bang a car of this stature deserves, at least in the eyes of these guys.

As for the record-seeking, fully modified Renault4 that will attempt to be the fastest of its kind, it will be powered with a Renault 5 Turbo-sourced turbocharged engine that served in active competition at the French Touring Car Championship in 1983. This engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission from a Renault 25 GTX Turbo and brakes from the Renault 25 (front) and Clio (rear). The car comes with an output of 290 horsepower and a top speed of 280 km/h, or about 174 mph, giving it as good a shot as any to be the fastest of its kind in the world.

In terms of safety, the Boneville Racer will receive a roll cage and a fire extinguisher, as well as a special harness, single bucket seats, and a braking parachute.

It’s only been a short time since the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy’s official launch and it has already added a very impressive achievement to its record; it established an amazing Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive vehicle with a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds. The previous record was held by the Megane Renaultsport R26.R which completed the lap in 8 minutes and 17 seconds on June 23, 2008.

The time posted at the Nürburgring puts the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy on a completely new level of performance that allows the vehicle to be put alongside supercars with power outputs at or greater than 500 HP. This was done with an extra 14.7 HP (11kW) on tap, careful set-up work, and specific Bridgestone RE 050A (235/35 R19) tyres chosen by RenaultSport engineers. These things, plus the vehicle’s "carefully-tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 265hp engine, the ready availability of torque between 2,500 and 5,000rpm" is what development driver, Laurent Hurgon says helped achieve the new record.

In Hurgon’s words: "The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from fast and even very fast in places to much twistier and slower portions. Turns like ‘Karusell’ and ‘Pflanzgarten’, for example, make huge demands of the car and driver alike, yet Megane Renaultsport Trophy is very much in its element here and feels particularly reassuring despite the uncompromising nature of the terrain."

Renault has unveiled the Megane Renaultsport (RS) 265 Trophy - the company’s fastest ever road going model. The special Mega Mega ne will make its world debut at the World Series by Renault at the Nurburgring next weekend and will be limited to only 500 units. It will only be sold in specific countries in Europe and will be priced from €35,500 (or about $52,000 at the current exchange rates).

Compared to the Mégane Renaultsport 250 model, the new RS 265 Trophy model delivers an extra 15 HP, will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, and will be capable of a top speed of 158 mph. It will feature some very impressive equipment including a Cup chassis, Recaro seats with yellow seat belts and detailing, 19" Speedline alloys in gloss black with red rim, standard Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, ’Trophy’ red decals on F1-style front blade and doors, LED daytime running lights, and Renaultsport Monitor on-board performance tracking.

UPDATE 06/17/2011: It’s only been a short time since the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy’s official launch and it has already added a very impressive achievement to its record; it established an amazing Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive vehicle with a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds. The previous record was held by the Megane Renaultsport R26.R which completed the lap in 8 minutes and 17 seconds on June 23, 2008.

Hit the jump to read more about the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy.

Renault Sport has released a teaser video of a new Megane RS model that, according to the first details, will be the quickest Megane ever. The video was filmed at the Nurburgring race track where the car seems to handle itself well making its trip around the circuit. We doubt this more powerful model will try to smash any Nurburgring records, but at the very least we’ll get a spicier version of the Megane. Maybe even a special edition Megane RS Nurburgring Edition.

The standard Megane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine that delivers a total of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 250 lb-ft from 3,000rpm. Expect the new model to be more powerful than this with a few added features.

The speedier Megane RS is expected to make its world debut on June 17, 2011, so stay with us to find out more details!

Here’s something that should get you over that Monday bug. With the exception of high-powered supercars throwing down against one another, nothing gets us more excited than seeing two of our favorite topics together in one fancy photo shoot: cars and girls, or girls and cars, depending on what your preferences are. Okay, there are dudes there too, but we’ll save that for you ladies.

And just so we don’t get sidetracked by the lovely models pressing themselves against the Renault Zoe ZE Concept with their lips pouting as if they want us to do something about it, we can’t forget about the car itself.

Back in 2009, Renault unveiled the Zoe ZE Concept to introduce their take on future electric city cars. As an EV, the Zoe emits zero noise and drags zero pollutants when in use. It’s powered by a 70kW (94 horsepower) electric motor that helps produce 166 lb/ft of torque and sits on a large set of 21” wheels.

While the model is still in concept form, it doesn’t take away from the potential of the car and the possibilities of seeing it out on the streets someday. In fact, Renault did plan on having a production model released sometime in 2012 so this photo shoot is probably the first of many marketing stints preparing the world for the Zoe.

Who know, maybe we’ll end up riding shotgun on this electric city car to one of these hot models sometime in the very near future.

Source: Renault

Renault ’s presence in the South Korean market is dwarfed compared to the two automotive giants of the country, Kia and Hyundai . But despite that fact, the French automaker’s local brand in South Korea, Samsung Motors, is prepared to pick up a fight with the Big Two with the reveal of their new SM7 Concept.

The next generation sedan takes from the current SM7, which was built using Nissan ’s J31 platform, the very same platform that underpins the Nissan Maxima in the US. While nothing official has been announced, its possible that the new SM7 will be powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine with 182 horsepower and 171 lb/ft of torque and a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 251 horsepower and 247 lb/ft of torque.

A week after releasing design sketches of the car, Renault-Samsung has finally bared the first batch of official photos of the car. While the car is still tagged as a design study, the SM7 is about the closest thing as a preview to the car’s production model. Among the noticeable features of the concept include a more aggressive and highly-prominent grille, an LED lighting set-up on the front, and an overall shape highlighted by swooping lines and soft contours.

The car looks a lot bigger, far sportier and more aggressive than today’s market model. The grille on the front fascia dominates the car’s profile and the swooping lines and contoured angles seem to suggest that the new SM7 will be a car that could give the Hyundai Sonata a serious run for its money.

Whether it actually does is still easier said than done, but if Renault-Samsung sticks to their guns, Hyundai and Kia might very well need to look into their rear-view mirrors for the new SM7 Concept.

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