luni, 7 martie 2016

Renault Avantime Dynamique 2002 - World Of Classic Cars -

Renault Avantime Dynamique 2002

Renault's 2+2 Coupe GT MPV concept wowed the crowds as well as the motoring press when revealed as a styling exercise at the Paris Motor Show in 1998. So much so that the concept, by Patrick Le Quement, was boldly taken into production largely unchanged. With design 'ahead of its time' the Avantime (French word "Avant" meaning "ahead" with English word "time") this flagship was packed full of luxuries, safety features and advanced engineering. Highlights included unique double-hinged 'kinematic' pillarless doors allowing easy access to the front and rear seats (even when tightly parked), the world's largest opening glass sunroof at the time featuring strengthened heat-reflecting tinted glass, theatre seating (rear positioned higher than the front), galvanised steel chassis with aluminium upper structure, cavernous 530 litre boot, xenon headlights, and a 'grand air' button which simultaneously opens all pillarless windows and sunroof at the press of one switch.
Renault Avantime Dynamique 2002

Following extensive delays in launching, just ten months after Avantime production started in 2001, Matra announced that they would cease all vehicle manufacturing.  Renault elected not to continue the Avantime themselves when Matra stopped assembling cars in 2003 so across 18 months only 4,557 Avantime's were built.
BBC's Top Gear positioned the Renault Avantime at 'Sub Zero' on the 'Cool Wall' stating it was cooler even than the Aston Martin Vanquish and "the coolest car money can buy".