On sale for just three years, the Renault Sport Spider weighed under a tonne and was yellow**.
Speaking of redundant names, was it really necessary to call it a Sport Spider? Or did Renault have plans for a Non-Sport version such as an estate variant or one with a weak powerplant meant strictly for posing?
Renault meant this car to be an image-builder and part of a one-model race series. I wonder how many 1.4 litre Meganes and 2.0 Safranes they sold as a result. Image builders are cars people want and which people buy. They are also cars which should be comparable to the rest of the range so if people can’t get the real thing they might plump for a cheaper, slower vehicle that’s somehow related to it.
BMW do this with the 335i which probably helps sell a lot of dark blue, base model 3s with grey cloth interiors and 1.8 litre engines. Or do people just buy them without thinking too hard about it?
** and two or three blue and black ones were made as well.