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Renault uncovers the stunning Trezor concept in Paris

The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
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A look at the Renault Trezor's high-tech cockpit at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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A look at the Renault Trezor's high-tech cockpit at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault logo is integrated into various parts of the Trezor design
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The Renault logo is integrated into various parts of the Trezor design
Part of the specially designed Continental tire's tread is aimed at optimizing the clearance of surface water
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Part of the specially designed Continental tire's tread is aimed at optimizing the clearance of surface water
The honeycombs inherent in the Renault Trezor's rear bodywork take on the look of reptile scales
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The honeycombs inherent in the Renault Trezor's rear bodywork take on the look of reptile scales
The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
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The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
Renault Trezor honeycomb air intake on the hood
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Renault Trezor honeycomb air intake on the hood
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Large intakes and narrow headlamps define the Renault Trezor face
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Large intakes and narrow headlamps define the Renault Trezor face
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault Trezor features fiber optic/laser rear lighting
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The Renault Trezor features fiber optic/laser rear lighting
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault Trezor debuts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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The Renault Trezor debuts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Bird's eye view of the Renault Trezor interior
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Bird's eye view of the Renault Trezor interior
Dual compartments hold the custom luggage set in place up front in the Renault Trezor
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Dual compartments hold the custom luggage set in place up front in the Renault Trezor
The Renault Trezor's digitized dashboard 
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The Renault Trezor's digitized dashboard 
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
Renault Trezor sketch 
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Renault Trezor sketch 
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
The Renault Trezor is billed as a successor to the equally compelling 2010 DeZir
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The Renault Trezor is billed as a successor to the equally compelling 2010 DeZir
We're not sure the Trezor says "maturity and commitment" so much as "run away like a 19-year-old without a care in the world," but Renault says it's supposed to be the former 
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We're not sure the Trezor says "maturity and commitment" so much as "run away like a 19-year-old without a care in the world," but Renault says it's supposed to be the former 
The Renault Trezor is powered by a 349-hp electric motor at the rear
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The Renault Trezor is powered by a 349-hp electric motor at the rear
Renault has included an autonomous driving concept within the Trezor design
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Renault has included an autonomous driving concept within the Trezor design
A better look at the Renault Trezor's distinctive rear lighting
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A better look at the Renault Trezor's distinctive rear lighting
Renault Trezor interior 
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Renault Trezor interior 
A side battery indicator provides an interesting piece of retro kit in a futuristic design
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A side battery indicator provides an interesting piece of retro kit in a futuristic design
The Renault Trezor's analog gauge stands in place of a fuel filler door and shows battery life
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The Renault Trezor's analog gauge stands in place of a fuel filler door and shows battery life
The Renault Trezor's glass features red glazing, which pops against the silver paint
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The Renault Trezor's glass features red glazing, which pops against the silver paint
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Renault Trezor 
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Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
No doors, so the driver and passenger swing leg over the leather-trimmed side to get in
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No doors, so the driver and passenger swing leg over the leather-trimmed side to get in
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Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor interior
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Renault Trezor interior
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Renault Trezor
The stunning Trezor concept gives a glimpse at the design panache Renault VP of design Laurens van den Acker brings to the table
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The stunning Trezor concept gives a glimpse at the design panache Renault VP of design Laurens van den Acker brings to the table
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Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
A face you won't soon forget 
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A face you won't soon forget 
Tne Trezor sits close to the ground, with a 43-in (1,080-mm) height and 10-in (25-cm) ground clearance
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Tne Trezor sits close to the ground, with a 43-in (1,080-mm) height and 10-in (25-cm) ground clearance
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Renault Trezor
The Renault Trezor has 21-in front/22-in rear wheels
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The Renault Trezor has 21-in front/22-in rear wheels
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Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
The Renault Trezor's fenders really show their volume from above
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The Renault Trezor's fenders really show their volume from above
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Renault Trezor
A look at the Renault Trezor's high-tech cockpit at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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A look at the Renault Trezor's high-tech cockpit at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault logo is integrated into various parts of the Trezor design
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The Renault logo is integrated into various parts of the Trezor design
Part of the specially designed Continental tire's tread is aimed at optimizing the clearance of surface water
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Part of the specially designed Continental tire's tread is aimed at optimizing the clearance of surface water
The honeycombs inherent in the Renault Trezor's rear bodywork take on the look of reptile scales
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The honeycombs inherent in the Renault Trezor's rear bodywork take on the look of reptile scales
The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
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The Renault Trezor's single-piece roof lifts for entry and exit
Renault Trezor honeycomb air intake on the hood
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Renault Trezor honeycomb air intake on the hood
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Large intakes and narrow headlamps define the Renault Trezor face
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Large intakes and narrow headlamps define the Renault Trezor face
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault Trezor features fiber optic/laser rear lighting
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The Renault Trezor features fiber optic/laser rear lighting
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The Renault Trezor debuts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
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The Renault Trezor debuts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Bird's eye view of the Renault Trezor interior
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Bird's eye view of the Renault Trezor interior
Dual compartments hold the custom luggage set in place up front in the Renault Trezor
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Dual compartments hold the custom luggage set in place up front in the Renault Trezor
The Renault Trezor's digitized dashboard 
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The Renault Trezor's digitized dashboard 
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
Renault Trezor sketch 
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Renault Trezor sketch 
Renault Trezor underpinnings
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Renault Trezor underpinnings
The Renault Trezor is billed as a successor to the equally compelling 2010 DeZir
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The Renault Trezor is billed as a successor to the equally compelling 2010 DeZir
We're not sure the Trezor says "maturity and commitment" so much as "run away like a 19-year-old without a care in the world," but Renault says it's supposed to be the former 
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We're not sure the Trezor says "maturity and commitment" so much as "run away like a 19-year-old without a care in the world," but Renault says it's supposed to be the former 
The Renault Trezor is powered by a 349-hp electric motor at the rear
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The Renault Trezor is powered by a 349-hp electric motor at the rear
Renault has included an autonomous driving concept within the Trezor design
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Renault has included an autonomous driving concept within the Trezor design
A better look at the Renault Trezor's distinctive rear lighting
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A better look at the Renault Trezor's distinctive rear lighting
Renault Trezor interior 
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Renault Trezor interior 
A side battery indicator provides an interesting piece of retro kit in a futuristic design
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A side battery indicator provides an interesting piece of retro kit in a futuristic design
The Renault Trezor's analog gauge stands in place of a fuel filler door and shows battery life
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The Renault Trezor's analog gauge stands in place of a fuel filler door and shows battery life
The Renault Trezor's glass features red glazing, which pops against the silver paint
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The Renault Trezor's glass features red glazing, which pops against the silver paint
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Renault Trezor 
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Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
No doors, so the driver and passenger swing leg over the leather-trimmed side to get in
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No doors, so the driver and passenger swing leg over the leather-trimmed side to get in
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor interior
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Renault Trezor interior
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Renault Trezor
The stunning Trezor concept gives a glimpse at the design panache Renault VP of design Laurens van den Acker brings to the table
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The stunning Trezor concept gives a glimpse at the design panache Renault VP of design Laurens van den Acker brings to the table
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
A face you won't soon forget 
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A face you won't soon forget 
Tne Trezor sits close to the ground, with a 43-in (1,080-mm) height and 10-in (25-cm) ground clearance
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Tne Trezor sits close to the ground, with a 43-in (1,080-mm) height and 10-in (25-cm) ground clearance
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
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Renault Trezor
The Renault Trezor has 21-in front/22-in rear wheels
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The Renault Trezor has 21-in front/22-in rear wheels
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The Renault Trezor's fenders really show their volume from above
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The Renault Trezor's fenders really show their volume from above
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Renault Trezor

The Volkswagen I.D. concept may be as important as the Beetle (according to Volkswagen, anyway), but it's not the prettiest all-electric concept car in Paris, not by a long shot. A real contender for that title is the Renault Trezor, a gloriously curvy, 350-hp grand tourer with clamshell roof, Formula E-based powertrain and "Multi-Sense" autonomous technologies. If this is what the future looks like, we can't wait to go there.

The Trezor picks up where Renault left off with the passion-red 2010 DeZir concept in terms of swoopy, show-stopping design. Renault says that in the same way the DeZir influenced the styling elements of future products, like the 2012-introduced Clio and 2015 Kadjar, the Trezor will inform the shape of things to come.

And that's great news because the Trezor is easily one of the sexiest cars on display in one of the world's sexiest cities, a city that's currently playing host to both the 2016 Mondial de L'Automobile and Fashion Week. The Trezor would feel comfortable at either.

As we reported way back in 2010, the DeZir was inspired by "falling in love." It's been five years, that love is running deeper than ever and now blossoms into "maturity and commitment" in the Trezor. In other words, the DeZir was red-hot lust embodied, and the Trezor is a stronger, committed relationship (that clearly hasn't lost a step in the sex and passion departments). It's all very fitting for a Paris debut.

Like the DeZir, the Trezor is defined by voluptuous front and rear fenders, which come across more smooth and sensual than muscular. The new concept stretches out more dramatically than the DeZir, its long, flowing hood teaming with a roofline that slowly descends to the rear bulge between the fenders.

Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor

Though still a two-seater, the new, 185-in (4,700 mm) concept is more than a foot and a half (475 mm) longer than its 2010 predecessor and sits on a wheelbase with an extra 7.6 in (194 mm). The 80.6-in (2,048 mm) front and 83-in (2,106 mm) rear tracks work with that wheelbase to grab hold of the road with the custom Continental tires.

Up front, the Trezor is defined by the cavernous side intakes dropping down from the sharp headlamps and the curved indentation created with help from the chin down below. The rear-end design includes a fiber optic lighting fixture with integrated laser light. "Under braking, the torsion and stacking of the optical fibers creates an interesting visual effect and increases the intensity of the light," Renault syas of the design.

Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Renault Trezor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

The low-stance carbon fiber bodywork delivers a slippery drag coefficient of 0.22 and helps keep weight to 3,527-lb (1,600-kg) in conjunction with the carbon monocoque.

The Trezor gives off a first impression of being a full-blown supercar, and word of an F1-influenced powertrain temporarily supports that idea. The electric engine is more modest in output, though, a rear-mounted 349-hp unit derived from the same technology that drove the Renault e.dams car to two Formula E championships. Its 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque help it fire to 62 mph (100 km/h) in four seconds flat.

Renault Trezor
Renault Trezor

Individual front and rear battery packs help keep the motor spinning and weight distributed evenly. A Formula E-derived energy recovery braking system helps to extend time between mandatory recharges. In place of the usual fuel filler door on a gas vehicle, Renault has an analog battery level indicator, a refreshingly simple alternative to the ubiquitous smartphone app with systems info.

The Trezor looks like the type of sporting GT that you'd look forward to driving from point to point (and points beyond), but it does include Multi-Sense autonomous mode, along with neutral and sport modes. The steering wheel doesn't tuck away, like in the VW I.D. and other concepts, instead widening out to open up a better view of the dashboard. The newest front passenger can use the digital dash for watching video content, playing games or doing all those other things one would do on any digital display. The exterior lighting pattern changes in autonomous mode as a signal to other road users.

Before driver and passenger start kicking back and watching video content on the dash display, they need to saddle up into the cabin through the lifting single-piece roof/hood. With no doors to open, the driver and passenger straddle the leather-wrapped sides to get in, a throwback to classic race cars. Inside, Renault takes the bucket seat to a new level with its full-wrapping driver and passenger pockets trimmed in warm, supple red leather.

Renault Trezor interior 
Renault Trezor interior 

The wooden dashboard was designed in conjunction with French wooden bicycle company KEIM Cycles, its specially prepared ash wood structure supporting the large L-shaped central OLED UHD touch display and control center and digital instrument panel. The multimedia system automatically recognizes the driver's smartphone, and apps are exported to the vehicle display for him or her to organize and use as desired.

The red wood of the dashboard extends forward under the hood, wrapping a pair of custom suitcases snugly. Leather straps hold that luggage in place.

The Trezor makes its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which opened to the press on Thursday. We pretty much gave up any sliver of hope of production the minute we saw it, but Renault does say the car "previews trends likely to be seen in future Renault models." So there's that.

Take a look at the Trezor in action below:

Renault TREZOR : une GT électrique I Renault

Source: Renault

14 comments
Martin Winlow
Stunning, yes, but also very, very silly.
hkmk23
Everything mentioned except range......
TimothyRichburg
Renault, great job letting the engineers and designers have a go. The car is stunning with beautiful lines, but...not practical even for an extreme sports car. I assume the canopy concept is a non-starter, cannot imagine how that will pass regulations. Replacing a damaged windshield is another concern. All that red, leaves one seeing, well, red. On the other hand, I love it.
RobertCardiff
I guess the ladies have to wear pants or clean underwear for this car.
Rann Xeroxx
Getting fast food will be a bit of a trick.
ei3io
Its seriously claustrophobic if you roll it onto its roof, plus why make the occupants stretch their groin while whipping their feet on the arm rest just to use it.
Paul Anthony
"that clearly hasn't lost a step in the sex and passion departments" Really? It's a car. If that is sex for you then I'm sorry to inform you, you're doing it wrong.
Techtwit
Stunning design. Just ditch the electric propulsion, stick in a big V8 and lets go!!!
rgorman
Where is the spare tire kept? Also the reflection of the luggage in the windshield must be very distracting. An 83 inch track is very wide-can you park it in parking lots and get out.
Rocky Stefano
I'm sorry but Techtwit said it all. There's nothing "sexy" about an electric vehicle. Period. End of story.