rs: the origins.
There was no doubt about it: the Renault Sport Spider, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995, was a sports car. Renault had put so much into the car’s performance that the occupants were asked to wear helmets.
Streamlining and efficiency are synonymous with Renault Sport Spider. Wishing to focus exclusively on the sporty aspect, Renault designed its Spider in the form of a racing car, without a windscreen, with just a wind deflector to optimize aerodynamics. The interior is also cleared to streamline the vehicle.
The ingredients for top performance: an efficient engine and a light car. Renault Sport Spider had a 4-cylinder 16 valve engine achieving 150 hp (the same engine as on Clio Williams). In addition, between its aluminium chassis and the lack of power steering and braking, ABS and heating, Spider remained under 790 kg. The bucket seats and roll arch were a throwback to the race track.
How did the first Renault Sport “sound”? Discover it here, listen to the sounds of Renault Sport Spider.
Renault Sport Spider was produced in limited edition (only 1,726 vehicles were produced) at the Dieppe plant, which until then had assembled Alpines. What is remarkable is that Spider was the first representative of a new branch that would soon make a distinguished name for itself: Renault Sport. The RS line capitalised on the image of Renault’s many Formula 1 victories.
For its Spider model, Renault Sport developed a special single-brand coupe. A “track” version of RS Spider, named Trophy, was then launched. It could be spotted by its roll cage and its 180 hp engine. 90 of these Trophy vehicles were produced.
UP TO 180 HP
UP TO 180 HP
1726 units from 1996 to 1999 (90 of them in Trophy version)
- Performance and engine
4-cylinder 1998 cc petrol engine in rear mid position
150 hp (180 hp for the Trophy version)
- dimensionsLength 3,81 mWidth 1,83 mHeight 1 ,25 m
roadster with rear mid-engine
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