Dacia Duster Driven by Alain Prost in Trophee Andros

Renault has just announced that a competition version of Dacia Duster will be driven by Alain Prost in the 2009/2010 Trophee Andros. The new Duster, which is expected to go on sale as the first Dacia SUV in 2010, will undergo several modifications, including increased power and other mechanical upgrades.

The car will employ a three-liter, 24-valve V6 engine provided by Renault-Nissan. It will generate a maximum output of 350 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The competition car is equipped with limited slip differentials and a four-wheel steering system that can be easily adjusted depending on the circuit.

"I am delighted to be driving the Dacia Duster. It is a brand new vehicle, and I am proud to be able to play a part in its promotion to the unusual backdrop of the Trophée Andros. Thanks to the work put in by Renault Sport Technologies, I have every confidence in Dacia Duster's potential and reliability which together point to an extremely exciting season," said in a statement Alain Prost.

Also today, Renault announced that the Duster nameplate will be used for the Romanian carmaker's first SUV, with production slated to begin in early 2010.

Here are the full specifications of the Dacia Duster competition car, as provided by Renault:


  • Tubular steel chassis
  • Double wishbone suspension


  • Renault-Nissan Alliance VQ 30
  • Position: mid-rear
  • Six cylinders (V6)
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Cubic capacity: 2,987cc
  • Bore x stroke: 93mm x 73.3mm
  • Maximum power: 257kW EEC (350hp) at 7,500rpm
  • Maximum torque: 360Nm EEC at 5,500rpm


  • Six-speed SADEV sequential gearbox


  • Front: 260mm-diameter vented steel discs
  • Rear: 265mm-diameter steel discs


  • 5.5" x 16" (magnesium)
  • Tires: Continental Racing Contact 3


  • Length: 4,001mm
  • Width: 1,900mm
  • Front/rear track: 1,690mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,500mm
  • Weight: 950kg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 25 litres
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Bogdan Popa
Bogdan Popa profile photo

Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories