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Renault Sport Spider


Renault Sport Spider

Prior to the Spider's production in 1996, Renault had never produced an open-lop two-seater sportscar. The Spider was originally a race machine designed to run in a one-make endurance series across Europe, but such was the demand for it, even without a windscreen to begin with, the decision was made to produce a street-going version. An light chassis of just 176lb (80kg) was made in extruded alloy sheet boxes, while the body panels were all glass-fibre. All suspension joints dismissed rubber bushes in favor of Heim joints, yet the car still managed an above-average ride quality. For power Renault used the 122ci (2-liter) 16-valve unit also used in the Megane, and the long-stroked engine produced impressive torque which Hie chassis easily handled. The small screen eventually fitted was deemed to Ineffective for regular use, so a conventional screen was fitted to 1997 models.

Renault Sport Spider Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.7 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:122 ci (1,998 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:150 bhp (112 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:140 lb ft (190 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight:2,106 lb (957 kg)
Economy:23.5 mpg (8.3 km/I)
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