Introduction

Highly atypical of the Renault range, the Spider was an uncompromising sports car. The Renault Spider caused quite a stir when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995. Its slender, smooth and yet muscular profile was somewhat reminiscent of the Alpine models, exuding a sense of raw power and elegance. Featuring bucket seats and a roll hoop, but with no power steering, ABS or heating, the Spider was minimalist in the extreme and very much at home on a racetrack. The Trophy version boasted a lightweight aluminium chassis specifically for that reason. The Spider was incredibly efficient, packing the performance of an Alpine A610 into a feather-light car weighing about the same as a Twingo, without costing anything like as much as racing car. An impertinent little so-and-so!