Renault RX4

Saturday 8 August 2009
Renault developed a four-wheel drive derivative of the original Scénic, the Scénic RX4, launched in 2000 in both LHD and RHD format. Featuring a viscous, multi-disc central differential designed by Austrian specialists Steyr Daimler Puch, it offered part-time 4WD. Renault also fully re-engineered the rear suspension and strengthened the front. The redesigned rear suspension occupied the space required for the spare wheel well and led to the spare wheel being placed on the rear hatch. The RX4 rode higher with increased suspension travel and larger wheels. While these changes provided a rugged chassis, the RX4 was held back by a single range transmission and an engine, the 2.0 litre from the Mégane, with limited low-end torque. Production of the RX4 ceased in 2003, and no replacement was expected until the sudden arrival of the Scénic Conquest in 2007.
The replica, made by Hongwell, looks nice.

Technical data:
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1948 cc
- horsepower: 120 HP
- gearbox: 5+1
- top speed: 185 km/h

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