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I still remember the SWB R25 for its cavernous rear compartment and its astonishingly soft seats. Mind you, I was really young back then, but the Renault's cabin really seemed huge, even compared to my old man's BMW E32 (with its considerably harder seats, but more robust feel).
Sam the Eagle says:
One of my mates' parents had one as a family car. He looked lost in the back of it when they picked him up from school.
Hell is other people.
Anyway shouldn't this barge be in the 'Forgotten cars' thread instead?
My memories of the R25 at launch were a general liking for the shape, except the front which was bland. The other thing I remember was that the colour range available (or displayed) seemed to comprise various unflattering dungy hues - burgundy, green and beige. Oddly I remember thinking that the colours of the Citroen CX on launch were unflattering, so maybe that was the preference of Robert Opron who designed them both.
I tested an R25 once. The seats are indeed fabulously soft and make my XM´s furnishings seem brutally unyielding. The LWB R25 could be in the forgotten cars except I don´t think anyone knew about it in the first place so as to forget it. I doubt CAR or Autocar even ran a test. If anyone can prove otherwise I´d be interested. I put the LWB R25 in here because of its uplifting and delightful early 80s interior. Here´s a car that trumps the CX Prestige for rarity and comfort, I would contend.
Seant: when I think of an R25 I invariably picture them in silver or coppery metalllic. The later ones seemed to be invariably dark grey metallic (which is the onset of the German-colour palette era that we live in now.)
Citreon lacoste concept. Just noticed these while reveiwing the design for a project. Look at the rear lower black bumper and notice the tetris shaped mouldings. Only something very simple, but I love details like this, that just make you smile and enjoy the product further.
"I am an admirer of Jonathan Ive's work and I like to take it as a compliment."
This is one of those very "product design" inspired cars. Not bad, I agree. Renault sometimes do fun things with their mouldings. The Modus had some jolly zig-zag plastic ribs on the leaf-catcher, for example. I could be thinking of the Kangoo 2 though.
Yeah it is the Twingo that has them. Finally found a pic to show it.
SEATS - oh my goodness yes. Lets be honest seat design is so damned important. Those 70/80's Recaro were of course the seat of choice for rally guys. Support, light(ish) and very comfortable. Actually the first Corolla Front wheel drive GTi 16 had, for a standard car, one of the most comfy seats I ever came across, pity I had to take them out for the Recaro's !!! Another one that might surprise you was the multi-hundreds positions available in the Le Baron Cabrio. And errr yes they were absolutely perfect for sex!! sorry about that to the stuffed shirts in here - but they really were big enough and comfy and being all electric they could be moved without stopping as it were
time to move over
Thanks for that interesting bit of "expert knowledge."
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