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French sports sedan revealed

2008-02-26 07:42
Despite its unfortunate styling, Renault promises its new Laguna GT's chassis will make it a handling ace. The car will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva show.

Renault's Laguna GT debut under the bright lights of Geneva will also debut the French manufacturer's new Active Drive chassis.

The four-wheel drive system, according to the manufacturer, will set new standards in the sports sedan segment. Some of its benefits include more manoeuvrability, sharper steering and heightened dynamic ability, particularly on the twisties.

The Active Drive chassis is beneficial in the active safety context too, and is said to be key in ensuring passenger safety both under emergency braking and avoidance manoeuvres.

Furthermore, the car takes on a sporty character with large front air intakes, a larger grille, smoked head- and tail light clusters, side sills and twin tailpipes. Laguna GT rides on new 18-inch alloy wheels with 320- and 300-mm diameter brake discs at the front and rear, respectively.

Bright GT decals are littered along the car's exterior and are splashed across the interior, too.

Here, athletic features include drilled aluminium pedals, aluminium gearshift knob, leather and alcantara upholstery.

The new car will be offered with a range of engines, including Renault's 2.0 dCi engine with 134 kW and 400 Nm of torque on tap and 2.0-litre 16-valve petrol powerplant that punches out 153 kW and 300 Nm or torque.

More details will be made available at the car's unveiling.


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