The Renault Nepta - A Luxurious and Dynamic Cabriolet

Renault Nepta

 

Renault introduces its new Concept car, Nepta, a four-seater luxury cabriolet featuring sleek, thoroughbred looks and making its public debut at the Paris motorshow later this month. Nepta's low-slung lines express elegance and movement, while its spacious, comfortable interior has all the hallmarks of a top-end model with performance worthy of a prestige touring car from its 420hp twin-turbo V6 engine.

"Nepta's breathtaking proportions and carefully tailored, innovative elegance are in perfect keeping with Renault's long tradition in body design. Its unique opening panels and styling which combines volume and vitality makes Nepta a truly modern vehicle," says Renault's Senior Vice President, Corporate Design, Patrick le Quément.

An appealing, luxurious and dynamic cabriolet
This flowing, elegant four-seater cabriolet is an expression of Renault's vision of driving pleasure. The wave-shaped side panels breathe fluidity and highlight the car's elongated lines, an effect which is further enhanced by the use of a specific anodized aluminium finish for the lower part of the body (sills and front and rear spoilers).

The front end is simple yet expressive. The LED headlamps are made up of three assemblies: daytime running lights, dipped and main beam headlamps and cornering lights. The headlamps employ a technology based on the reflection and propagation of light. The light beam from the main headlights is reflected by crystal-shaped transparent blocks that are electronically controlled for more precision. The quantity and distribution of the light is automatically adapted to the driving conditions. The rounded forms of the front wings are enhanced by the boomerang-shaped indicator lights located at the top of the wings themselves.

The long, tapered rear end, which is punctuated by the crystals of the rear lights, reinforces the impression of movement. The overhang is longer at the rear than at the front, highlighting the vehicle's attractive proportions and flowing lines. Nepta is an echo of the golden age of automotive styling, while remaining resolutely modern and innovative.

Nepta is a combination of the dream car and the passion for mechanical engineering excellence. The motor-driven gull wing doors open to reveal both the interior and the engine, which is elegantly housed in its compartment. The centrally positioned door hinges are covered by a polished aluminium panel representing a shooting star that runs the full length of the bonnet and contributes to the overall sense of movement exuded by the body design. The doors are fitted with electronic obstacle detectors and an anti-pinch device for greater safety.

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Published 9 September 2006 Melanie Carter

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