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Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

We love gossip just about as much as a 16-year-old schoolgirl, but our gossip is about [ahem] manly stuff; you know? Things like the rumor out of France that Renault will in fact re-launch the Alpine brand that it shuttered up a little less than two decades ago. You read that right, the Alpine sports car brand is returning… if the rumors are true.

According to comments made by Renault chief of design, Laurens van den Acker, the French automaker is trying to develop a car that is more similar to the A110Berlinette from the `60s and `70s and that it is trying to do with Alpine what BMW has done with MINI . Now, before you go getting all excited about seeing a production model of the A110 concept, you can scratch that, as Renault wanting a design similar to the `60s and `70s Alpine A110 nixes that possibility.

To add some validity to the reports, Jean-Pascal Dauce, Renault’s motorsports department head, was reported saying that they anticipate producing 5,000 to 10,000 Alpines per year. Rumors also point to this limited lineup of sports cars running between €35,000 and €40,000 ($44,000 to $50,000), which makes them relatively attainable.

The final tidbit of info leaked is that Renault is anticipating its release to occur sometime in 2015. Unfortunately, there is no information on whether the new Alpine lineup will be available in the U.S. or not. We are certainly hoping that it does, given what we have seen from the A110 concept.

We’ll keep you posted on anything else that comes across the rumormill.

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When one thinks of a drift car, an electric-powered urban transport vehicle definitely doesn’t fit the bill. In an ideal world, one would want a rear-wheel drive car powered by a front-mounted engine producing as little as 200HP like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ . That being said, the Renault Twizy does have at least one of those aspects with it being rear-wheel drive.

It’s almost hard to believe just how little power the Twizy has when one really thinks about it. Any car below 200 or even 150HP is often viewed as underpowered in today’s modern world of automobiles, but the Twizy only pumps out 17 horsepower from its tiny electric motor which also produces 70Nm of torque which can help propel it to 75 km/h.

However, Autocar set out to find out if the tiny 1+1 vehicle could drift when thrown around a drifting circle covered in water, and what would you know, the car turned out to be quite the drift machine.

However, due to the fact that the Twizy is almost laughably underpowered, it genuinely seems like the Twizy is drifting in slow motion and the presenter goes onto reveal that under these conditions, its battery would only last 10 minutes.

Now we’re sure no one out there is going to purchase a Twizy for its drifting capabilities, but it’s definitely interesting to know that almost any car out there can drift.

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Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ultimate expression of speed, power, and noise when sports cars, supercars, hypercars, luxury cars, and hot hatches tackle the legendary 1.16-mile hill climb. Additionally, the Festival of Speed also gathers a huge collection of current racing cars and their drivers and past racing cars and their drivers together.

Despite Renault’s recently launched Alpine A110-50 concept being one-of-one, Renault recently announced that it’ll be tackling the legendary hill climb in the car.

This announcement comes in line with Renault’s recent announcement that it’s planning a ‘big surprise’ for the Festival, but we can confirm that that big surprise is not in fact that the Alpine will be competing.

Nevertheless, the French brand also confirmed that an extensive list of other racers will compete at the hill climb, including the R5 Maxi Turbo, Megane trophy racer, Alpine A443 and two of the brand’s most historic Formula One cars, being the RE40 and RS01.

We can confirm that Renault obviously won’t be attempting to break the current hill climb record as the A110-50 ‘only’ pumps out 400 horsepower whereas other racers competing will produce in excess of double that.

Either way, it’s certainly going to be a very special sight to see and will hopefully be the first of many racing events the Alpine A110-50 Concept will take place in the coming months.

Full story after the jump.

Source: Carscoop

Most people may not remember the Captur Concept Renault unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show - we didn’t either - but AutoExpress refreshed everyone’s memory by reporting that this concept was actually a preview for a new Mega Mega ne SUV that will be added to the French company’s line-up starting 2015. The Renault Megane SUV will serve as a competitor for models like the Peugeot 3008 and the Nissan Qashqai .

The new Megane SUV will be built thanks to the recent collaboration between Renault and Nissan. It will share most of its design components with Nissan . The SUV will combine design elements from the DeZir concept car, the ZOE electric hatchback, and the recently unveiled Alpine concept car.

Under the hood, Renault will place both petrol and diesel engines, including a 113bhp 1.2-liter turbo and a Nissan 1.6-liter turbodiesel combined with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch auto transmissions. The model will only be offered with a front-wheel drive system.

Prices for the Renault Megane SUV will start from about $25,000.

Source: AutoExpress

Earlier in 2012, Renault unveiled the Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 Edition in order to celebrate the 2011 Formula 1 Constructors’ world title. Now the company is continuing the party with a new Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 and an announcement for the production of a Megane R.S. This special Twingo will only be offered in 10 countries in Europe and will go on sale in June 2012.

Just like the previous Clio R.S, the new Twingo will be distinguished by design cues from Renault Sport including a forceful front-end styling and a large, vertically-mounted logo set to a black background. The front bumper gets a Formula 1-style blade, while at the rear there will be bigger wheel arches, lip spoiler, and diffuser. The model is painted in a very cool Pearlescent Black combined with Sirius Yellow on the F1-style blade, door mirror housings and lip spoiler.

The interior gets yellow stitching for the steering wheel, seats, and dash cowling, plus gloss black inserts for the dashboard and audio console.

Renault Clio

The 2013 Renault Clio went out testing just the other day, but it seems the French company wasn’t very happy about the results as they took it out again for another round of testing. As you can see, the car has been rid of some of its camouflage here and there and that nasty engine bump we’ve seen in the previous prototype is also missing.

The 2013 Renault Clio will benefit from a new exterior design that includes new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper, and a new rear. The interior will also receive some important changes, including the addition of higher quality materials, new safety features, and, of course, some of the latest technologies.

As for the engine line-up, customers will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines along with a new 900 cc three cylinder engine producing 85 HP. Diesel fans will enjoy a 1.5 dCi i4 which produces between 75 to 105 HP, plus a new 1.2 L turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivering 80 and 98 HP.

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco , this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

Back in 2007, a well-planned three-way deal between Renault, Nissan and Daimler brought these three automotive powerhouses together. This deal wasn’t necessarily massive, as it only resulted in Daimler getting a 3.1 percent share of Nissan and Renault Renault , and Nissan and Renault getting 1.55 percent of Daimler each. Basically this deal was just to allow the three automakers to freely share their technologies and testing.

It looks as if Renault is pretty close to calling on Daimler to make good on its deal, as Renault is working on a new flagship sedan that will use some Mercedes-Benz parts. This new flagship model is not all Renault is looking ahead to, as the French automaker is also debating releasing an entire lineup of luxury car with Daimler’s help.

The details are still rather sketchy, as they are still in preliminary talks and a lot of the information is from unconfirmed sources. One of the names for the new make that is being tossed around is Initiale Paris, which was once used on a 1995 Renault concept car.

Image Note: The images used are of the 1995 Initiale Paris concept car

Renault Clio

If a few months ago the nextRenault Clio has been caught testing under cold winter conditions in Norther Sweden, now Renault went to the other extreme: a new testing session during hot weather conditions in the South of Europe. The car is still heavily camouflaged, but still you can observe it will adopt a new design language including new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper and a new rear. We’re just wondering what’s with that bump on the engine bonnet?

The upcoming Clio will be offered with a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinders along with a new 900 cc three cylinder engine producing 85 HP. Diesel lineup will include a 1.5 dCi i4 which produces between 75 to 105 HP plus a new 1.2 L turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivering 80 and 98 HP that is currently under development.

The new generation Renault Clio will be unveiled in September at the Paris Auto Show.

Plans to revive the Alpine name have gone back and forth like a tennis match for years, but Renault may finally be giving the project a green light, for a concept version at least. A few days ago, we reported that the first concept version for the Alpine line would be unveiled at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, and now the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept has made its official debut.

The Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept was named as such because it pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Alpine A110. Its exterior design was inspired by the Renault DeZir concept unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and its technical side was borrowed from the Renault Megane Trophy, meaning we will see a V6 engine with an impressive output of 400 HP and 315 lb-ft. of torque.

The original Alpine A110 debuted in 1961 and lasted through the 1977 model year. It had a rather Porsche-like design and had a number of engines ranging from a 66-horsepower 1,108 cc engine to an impressive 140-horsepower 1,605 cc engine.

If the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept sees the light of production day, we’re guessing it will be sometime in 2014 .

UPDATE 06/29/12: Renault has unveiled a cool promotional video featuring the new Alpine A110-50 Concept next to its ancestor, the legendary A110 Alpine. In this video, the concept was driven by former rally driver for Renault Jean Ragnotti. Enjoy!

UPDATE 09/26/12: Is the Renaul Alpine A110-50 Concept closer to production? Well, Renault COO Carlos Tavares seems to think so after recently revealing that the company is close to inking a deal with another automaker to jointly build the model. That’s tremendous news to us, and if we’re going to take a stab at it, could this "unnamed automaker" be Renault’s automotive partner, Nissan?

Hit the jump for more details on the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept.


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