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The Warsaw Voice » Society » January 27, 2011
Renault Laguna Coupe 2.0 dCi Monaco GP
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Lucky You, Mr. Królikowski
January 27, 2011   
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The limited edition Monaco GP version of the Renault Laguna coupe combines stylish bodywork and top quality fittings with a high performance engine and excellent road handling.

From the outside, this version features a pearly white body, a black roof with matching side mirrors, dark gray 18” aluminum wheels and small red “Monaco GP” inscriptions on the grille and the sides of the fenders.

The Renault Laguna coupe debuted in November 2008 but it was not until last year’s Geneva Motor Show that the limited-edition Monaco GP version was unveiled. This is one of the sexiest coupes on the market—and that’s not just my opinion. The slender (464 cm long, 181 cm wide, and 140 cm high) body cannot help but catch the eye. The proportions are perfect and the car is a stunner from whichever angle you look at it.

The dashboard is ergonomically laid out and easy to read. If you are partial to BMW dashboards, you’ll float away when you see the one in the Laguna. Its simple and refined elegance certainly won me over. The version we test-drove had the additional virtues of leather and metallic finishing (in colors that matched the bodywork), and a three-spoke steering wheel with a flattened bottom.

The Laguna will admittedly seat four passengers at a pinch but “pinch” is the word. With its retractable roof over the rear seat and two doors, the TARDIS it ain’t. Fortunately, the trunk partially compensates with a respectable 423 l.

The model we test-drove had a 2l/178 hp Common Rail turbodiesel engine. A relatively high torque of 400 Nm kicks in at 2000 rpm to give an economic ride that packs a lot of oomph. The car has a top speed of 223 kph, can accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in just under 8.5 seconds, and has an average fuel consumption of 6.2l/100 km. We have to confess that our fuel consumption was more than a liter above this during our test-drive, but this does not seem unreasonable once the icy winter conditions are factored in.

The Laguna is a joy to drive. For this we can thank the engine parameters and the 4Control rear-wheel turning system. This system, devised by Renault, makes the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels when parking. This facilitates the whole maneuver by reducing the turning circle. All wheels are aligned in the same direction at cruising speeds and while negotiating bends so that the vehicle is stable while turning. This all happens without the driver needing to be aware of it but is extremely helpful and, more importantly, enhances safety.

The Monaco GP version of the Renault Laguna comes with all the standard equipment you could wish for to enhance comfort and safety. This includes a 5.8” navigation screen, a Bose audio system with 10 speakers, automatic two-zone air conditioning, electric seating adjustment and heating, and a Renault hands-free electronic key card. On the safety side, there is an ABS/ESP system, a full complement of front, side and curtain airbags, bi-xenon headlights, rain sensors, reverse sensors, LED tail lights and much else besides. So equipped the car will set you back zl.135,400. Optional extras include just a couple of odds and ends like an ashtray and a cigarette lighter for zl.120...

Stage and screen actor Rafał Królikowski is Poland’s best known Renault Laguna Monaco GP owner and one of 400 “ambassadors” of the model worldwide. Lucky him.
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