New Renault Laguna GT
Two engines for the GT are available. There’s a diesel that features a 180bhp 2.0-litre dCi engine and fronts up with an impressive 400Nm of torque. This will get it to 60mph in 8.2 seconds. Alternatively, buyers can opt for a 2.0-litre 16v petrol engine that cranks out 205bhp and will get to 60 in just 7.5 seconds. So far, so reasonable. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Laguna GT is what’s going on at the back wheels. Renault has developed a clever four-wheel steer system that significantly increases the car’s manoeuvrability and agility.
The Active Drive Chassis turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the fronts at angles of up to 3.5 degrees at speed of up to 38mph. This creates a pivot point in the middle of the car, bringing a smaller turning circle and less steering input required. Above 38mph, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the fronts to increase precision, setting the rear axle on a more effective trajectory. Rather reassuringly, the stability control electronics have been specially optimised to work in conjunction with the Active Drive Chasis.