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  Renault Vel Satis

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Country of origin:France
Introduced in:2002
Introduced at:2001 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionReleased at the 2001 Geneva Motorshow, the Vel Satis is the replacement for the Safrane and is thus their new flag ship. The styling is mix between the futuristic Avantime and the also very original Laguna. Vel Satis meets the expectations of its S-segment customers, carefully choosing its powertrain units in order to provide a high level of driving pleasure whilst taking into account its own specific architecture.

The first product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the 3.5 V6 petrol engine develops power of 170 kW (235bhp) at 6,000 rpm and torque of 330 Nm at 3,600 rpm. In order to optimize the torque curve at all engine speeds, this unit is equipped with two continuous camshaft angle variators that govern intake and which are mated with a motorized throttle valve unit. Vel Satis completes its engine offer with a V6 3.0-litre 24-valve diesel with VNT and common rail injection. In addition to being highly compact (486mm by 483mm), this unit boasts an engine block and cylinder head made of aluminium, which ensures that weight is saved and fuel consumption reduced. It develops power of 130 kW (180bhp) at 4,400 rpm and torque of 350 Nm available at revs as low as 1,800 rpm.These two engines drive through a 5-speed Proactive automatic transmission with sequential shift which brings both driving pleasure and increased fuel economy.

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