Alpine A110 Successor Expected to Carry 280 Horsepower
The Renault Alpine 110 sports car has been churning out quite a bit of buzz in the past few months.
Recently, Renault chief Carlos Tavares added some more details in the basket, saying that the car will be catered to the younger market with hopes of competing against the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Tavares also gave updates on how far along the car is, explaining that styling is about 70-percent done, a pretty surprising percentage, given that it hasn’t been that long since the announcement was made that Renault Alpine and Caterham were collaborating on the development of the sports car.
Design details involving the Alpine A110 appear to indicate that the car will have a few retro details added to it, including the distinctive round headlights of the original Alpine. It’ll also carry an "arrowhead nose" and some side scoops, giving it a retro modern look that we’re pretty excited to see.
There’s also growing speculation that the sports car will carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will produce about 280 horsepower and mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch EDC automatic.
Finally, the car is expected to hit dealerships sometime in 2016 with only 1,000, or so, models scheduled to be built at a price of about £50,000 ($76,000) per unit.
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There’s definitely a lot of excitement surrounding the development of this sports car, especially after its concept version wowed the crowds at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
It was an appropriate venue for a debut in large part because of Monaco’s rich history of motor racing and its status as one of the glamorous destinations in the world.
Having the Alpine A110-50 Concept in attendance at Monaco really brought serious attention to the concept car, and that was no more evident than when Renault decided to build a production version of the car to somewhat succeed the original Alpine A110 that debuted in 1961 and lasted through the 1977 model year, hitting a peak 140 horsepower during its run.
Source: Autocar UK