Renault Alpine

Renault Alpine

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After reading the title you might be wondering why should you care about a car that you can’t even buy in the United States. The answer is simple really, because you never know when Renault will return to our shores and, if they do, the new Alpine might lead their charge.

Even if this car doesn’t make it to America, it sure is special. The Alpine has a special place in the company’s history. It was produced between 1986 and 1991 and it was the first car launched under Renault ownership of the Alpine company. In 1991, a new Alpine , the A610, was produced until 1995.

Both of these machines were not sales successes, despite their great looks. The A610 was loved by the motoring press and it even got the approval of Top Gear , but all the accolades in the world couldn’t save it.

Renault, despite their poor sales success, is hoping to bring the Alpine sports car back. The car might make an appearance at the Paris Auto Show, but those are only rumors at this point.

According to Auto, Motor, und Sport, the production version of the Alpine could be in showrooms around 2012. It will likely be called the DeZir and it could be a less extreme replacement of the Renault Spider.

The name Alpine is close to the hearts of many French car enthusiasts. The Renault-owned manufacturer made machines that knew how to carve up the street of the track. Alpine hasn’t produced a car of its own since 1996, but the horsepower wars was supposed to rekindle the Alpine flame .

Unfortunately the worldwide economic meltdown extinguished the hopes for the brand’s revival. Renault’s Chief operating officer Patrick Pelata told Autocar: "It’s a casualty of the [economic] crisis."

Then again we knew this was coming. The new Alpine was supposed to share a platform with the upcoming Nissan 200SX. So two weeks ago when we got word that Nissan killed the 200SX, we should have also seen it as the death of the new Alpine.

Source: AutoCar

Renault is planning to relaunch the Alpine brand, but faithful TopSpeed readers already knew that. What is new is that the future Alpine might be based on the future Nissan 370Z. According to CarTribe, when the next Alpine debuts in November at the L.A. Auto Show, it will use the Infiniti G37 Coupe/Nissan 370Z Nissan 370Z underpinnings. This is a logical step considering Nissan’s FM platform is the basis for almost all of Nissan’s rear-wheel drive cars including the GT-R, and Renault has an alliance with Nissan.

The FM platform is designed to move the engine back in the chassis, which offers good weight distribution. The Alpine brand is known for weight reduction as well as performance engines, which is a good thing because the FM platform is also known to be a little heavier than the competition. Production should begin before 2012.

Source: CarTribe

This extravagantly concept was designed by Arseny Kostromin. The project was made during an internship in Renault design center.

We have to admit if the future Renault Alpine will look something like this (we seriously doubt it!) the sports car market will have a new serious competitor!

Of course Renault denied it, it’s normal after all - the auto makers have a strange habit of denying everything that’s cool. But it will happen! The Alpine brand will be revived and the company will bring it’s first sports car since the RenaultSport Spider.

The new Alpine model will be launched in 2011. "Since the company’s conception in the 1950s, Alpine cars have been defined by their lightweight constructions and their affordability," Pelata told Autocar. "Our intention is to revive the brand with a car that has the same virtues."

The 2011 Alpine model will be powered by a longitudinally mounted four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that will deliver enough power -at least 220bhp - to can easily compete with Mazda MX-5.

There are no news about what platform the future Alpine will use, but the biggest clue dropped thus far was the Nissan Urge concept – an open, longitudinally-engined two-seat concept shown by Nissan in 2006, based on a shortened version of the 350Z’s underpinnings.

Source: AutoCar

Renault is working on the rebirth of the Alpine mark. A concept version will be unveiled in Geneva in March, or at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Both choices are very plausible: Paris to mark the fact that Alpine is a French mark, Geneva is also very possible considering this time Alpine wants to conquer whole Europe. We just need to wait and see!

And the second question is: which will be the first model of the rebirth: a small roadster or a coupe GT powered by a Nissan V6 engine? Well, again, we will need to wait until March to see!

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