Renault unveils the Laguna III GT with a unique four-wheel drive system
Renault has decided to spice up its tame saloon, the Laguna III, by unveiling a GT version which features a unique four-wheel steering system.
As the GT badge implies, the Laguna III adopts a slightly more aggressive design with a larger front grille, lateral air-intakes, headlamps with black masks and a GT logo on the B-pillar. On the inside, there is the usual package including the aluminium pedals and a sportier gearshift lever knob. The upholstery combines black leather and light grey alcantara on which the GT logo is embossed.
The Laguna III GT will be available with a 205bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 180bhp 2.0-litre dCi diesel unit. The car sits on 225/45 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza tires roomy enough to feature 320mm diameter discs at the front and 300mm discs at the rear.
The GT appears to be rather a cost cutting sporty version of the normal versions, but the French carmaker equipped the car with a unique four-wheel steering system taken from Nissan. Indeed, the Japanese company sold a four-wheel steering models which didn’t convince buyers to pay the extra money as the system was adding to much weight for a limited benefit. Called Active Drive chassis, the system has been enhanced by using a computer which monitors steering inputs, vehicle speed and traction every 10 milliseconds and adjusts the angle of the rear wheels to suit.
Posted by: Automobile | Apr 25, 2008 8:24:45 AM
Renault adopts a slightly more aggressive with Laguna III