Rumors about a possible collaboration between Caterham and Renault have been circulating for quite a few months now, and this month’s details about such a possible joint stronger.
As a result of this cooperation, Renault will have their Alpine brand brought back to life and Caterham will get a sports coupe that will rival models like Porsche Cayman.
The yet-to-be-named model, will be powered by a modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine and will deliver about 270 horsepower. This power will be enough to sprint it from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, but knowing Caterham’s history, we expect to see a more powerful version that will target high-end variants of the Cayman. The engine will be offered with a standard six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission as an option.
As you probably remember, when asked about this upcoming model, Caterham commercial director David Ridley confirmed that it will look completely different when compared to the Renault Alpine version.
With this in mind we have created a rendering of what we think this model will look like. Though Caterham claims that this new coupe will look completely different than the Renault Alpine, we think it will share the same basic shape, but with minor variances to distinguish it. The grille will no longer span the front end and the headlights will be more pronounced than the ones we saw on the Alpine concept.
We’ll see just how close we are once the Caterham coupe arrives – if it ever arrives…