Caterham-Alpine Sports Car Gets "C120" Codename; Launch Date Now At 2016
The two respective models, one carrying a Caterham badge and the other an Alpine badge, are expected to give the two brands their respective stand-alone models. According to Autocar, the launch for both models have been penciled in for 2016 with Caterham even referring to its model as the "C120".
Unlike the Toyota GT86/SubaruBRZ/Scion FR-S trinity that all carried the same styling language, the Caterham and Alpine sports cars will not be rebadged models; both will actually have different bodies and interiors, something Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker, alluded to when he said that both models will have "completely different impressions that will showcase the best of the two companies."
Performance numbers for both models will likely hit around 250 horsepower, although Caterham has indicated that it could bump its model up to 300 horsepower, all while using the same Renault engine that the Alpine version will carry.
It should get very interesting to see how both brands move forward with their respective iterations of this shared platform. What we do know is that the launch is going to take longer than it was initially planned, which only means that both companies have more time to blow out socks off.
Click past the jump to read about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept
First unveiled during the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, the Renault-Alpine A110-50 Concept was designed to show the world the kind of direction Renault has in store for the public.
It was ridiculously awesome when we first saw it and it’s still fantastic looking now, thanks in large part to its elegant, flowing bodywork that was painted in a very cool blue which refreshes and reinterprets the famous original "Alpine Blue."
In addition to that, the concept is powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine mounted in a mid-rear position. The engine delivers a total of 400 horsepower and is fitted with a semi-automatic six-speed sequential.
Source: Autocar UK