The last beautiful Renault? Laguna Coupé Monaco GP

Here’s a question for you? Have we seen the last truly beautiful Renault? Take a look at Renault’s website and you’re not exactly greeted with a line-up of supermodels. It’s more nightmare than Knightley. More blimey O’Reilly than Rachel Riley.

Actually, that’s a bit unfair. The new Captur has a certain ‘Frenchness’ to it and the revised Megane Renaultsport looks a bit good. And the Renault Twin’Run? Well that’s a contender for PetrolBlog Car of the Decade (see photos at foot of page).

But beautiful? No. It’s an awful long time since we saw a genuinely beautiful Renault. Do a Google image search for ‘beautiful Renault‘ and see what comes up. Standout contenders include the Renault DeZir (just a concept), the Renault Alpine A 110-50 (another concept) and stuff from the 1960s and 70s (too long ago). So here’s something to consider. Was the Laguna Monaco Coupé GP special edition the last truly beautiful Renault?

Not just good looking or dramatic. Genuinely beautiful.

Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP edition

Admittedly, there’ll be some who’d choke on their Biére de Garde at the mere thought of such a claim, but consider the facts.

The evidence is staring you right in the face. Just look at it – the Laguna Monaco Coupé GP is delightful. An unlikely cocktail that blends repmobile with French flair and a dash of Aston Martin to create something quite magnificent. The rear end is a particular win – the kind of bottom you could stare at all day and not get into trouble with the missus.

The standard Laguna Coupé tends to blend into the background, not least because many seemed to be ordered in ditchwater grey. But the Monaco GP special edition changed all that with its fancy Pearlescent White paintwork, Pearl Black roof, gloss-black alloys and matching door mirrors.

Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP special edition

Renault tried to shift the Monaco GP using typically OTT brochure speak. “Imagine yourself in Monaco’s Casino Square”, it said, as Renault attempted to hypnotise buyers into parting with the £23,805 they’d need to put a little French glamour on their driveway in Nuneaton. “This stylish grand tourer becomes the fashion accessory you want to be seen in. Only a few will earn the privilege and pleasure. Make it your own”, proclaimed the brochure, sounding desperately hard not to sound like an ad for an aftershave.

Renault threw l’évier de cuisine at the Monaco GP, with a Bose sound system, TomTom sat nav, acres of Anthracite leather and sports seats going someway to justifying the high price tag.

Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP interior

Sadly buyers were restricted to a 2.0-litre dCi diesel engine, but it did offer 400Nm of torque at 2,000rpm and 180hp at 3,750rpm. A Monaco circuit-friendly top speed of 138mph was possible and 62mph was achievable in a respectable 8.5 seconds. What’s more, Renault’s 4Control four-wheel steering system meant that the weight of that diesel lump wasn’t quite as much of an issue when you ventured into the hills above Monaco.

We could mention the claimed 45.6mpg on a combined cycle or the fact that dynamically it didn’t quite live up to its glamorous looks or illustrious moniker. But none of that really matters. You only need to look at the thing. The Renault Laguna Coupé Monaco GP is the last beautiful car Renault produced. And there’s every chance we won’t see the likes of it again.

Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP

But here’s something to consider. If How Many Left? is to be believed, the Monaco GP is already facing an uncertain future, with numbers already in decline. And we’re not exactly talking about telephone number levels of production. Blink, and the Laguna Coupé Monaco GP will be facing extinction. A two or three year old car will cost you between £10,000 and £12,000, meaning that 50% of the Monaco GP’s value has already been wiped away.

And £10,000 is a small price to pay for such a beautiful car.

Rare, good looking and the last beautiful Renault we’re likely to see. A future classic in the making.

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The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.

5 comments

  1. October 12, 2013
    Ant

    Totally agree. Laguna coupe ranks up there for me with other top French PetrolBlog modes of transport like the C6 and Avantime. One day we’ll all be grabbing one for £3k. And hoping it doesn’t break in some expensive and catastrophic fashion.

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  2. November 20, 2014
    John

    could not agree more – a beautiful car. I drive the standard tomtom TD and I am sure that the drive quality of the Monaco and it’s comfort level are at least comparable making it an exceptional choice

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  3. September 18, 2015
    mkm

    i drive a monaco coupe whats it worth if i decide to sell 61 plate

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    • September 22, 2015
      Gavin Big-Surname

      That largely depends on mileage and condition, but the going rate seems to be between £8k and £10k. There aren’t that many about, so a good one will be in demand.

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    • October 19, 2015
      Oc

      Which version is it? I’m. Interested in buying one but depends on mileage and how well treated it is..

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