New Renault Laguna | Part Two

More pleasure at the wheel and a new GT 205

New Laguna sees major engineering changes, in addition to its revamped design and new on-board technologies.

A second flagship version will be available alongside the Initiale. The Laguna GT 205 is a Grand Touring version dedicated to driving enjoyment and is both sporting and civilised in everyday driving. It is only available with one engine - a new 2.0Turbo engine developing 205hp (150kW) with 300Nm of torque giving a swift 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 146mph – only 0.1 seconds behind the smaller Clio Renaultsport 182.

It boasts exemplary performance, an extensively modified chassis, specially developed Michelin "Pilot Exalto 2’" tyres on 17-inch wheels, and a 10mm-lower ride height. Aesthetically, it has several distinctive features: a special lower air intake grille, wheels with a smoked chrome finish, a rear wing on the Hatchback, satin-finished roof rails and dark tinted rear side windows on the Sport Tourer.

Inside, the treatment is both sporting and elegant, notably with leather upholstery in a mixture of dark charcoal and China red. The gear lever knob is satin-finished aluminium and the dashboard surround moulding has a chrome satin finish. The red piercings in the leather of the steering wheel, the door panels, the centre armrest and the centre panels of the bucket sports front seats emphasise the Grand Touring aspect of the car.

The petrol engine range starts with the 135hp 2.0 16V ( the 1.8 from the previous range is dropped), the 2.0 Turbo 165 is now up rated to 170hp and the 3.0 V6 24V with 210hp and a five speed proactive automatic transmission remains available on the range–topping luxury model, the Initiale.

New 1.9 dCi 95 and 130 Euro IV diesel

The 2005 Laguna’s diesel engine range gains an important newcomer. The most popular 1.9 dCi 120 is now available also available in a Euro IV emission version with a 10hp power upgrade to 130hp and a particle filter (FAP) fitted to the exhaust making it one of the cleanest diesels on the market for its power rating.

The entry-level 1.9 dCi 90 Euro IV is now upgraded to 95hp and the fourth dCi engine remains the 2.2 dCi 150 which can be had with a five speed proactive automatic transmission.

Improved handling

The product specification for New Laguna in the area of road holding was especially demanding for a Phase 2 model. The objective was to provide the driver with better "feel" while maintaining an excellent level of comfort. This balance was struck by ensuring optimum control of body movement, most notably through increased roll stiffness and more efficient damping. As a result, New Laguna provides better feel while parasitic vibration has been reduced. The GT 205 has its own specific sports chassis set up.

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Published 9 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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