2017 Renault Alpine A110

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The Alpine brand returns with a sports car aimed at the mighty Porsche 718 Cayman

It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years. The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and there.

As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door "Berlinette" was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship. All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.

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Cheap Midship Thrills: 5 Attainable Mid-Engined Cars from 2018

Cheap Midship Thrills: 5 Attainable Mid-Engined Cars from 2018

this is a lot of mid-engined love

Having the engine in the middle or as close to the center of the car as possible is deemed ideal in order to have even weight distribution between the two axles. But over the years, the configuration has mostly been reserved for expensive exotics unattainable by only the wealthiest enthusiasts. That’s why cheaper cars that have adopted the configuration have always stood out and usually attract some manner of cult following.

This article focuses on midship cars which you can buy right now without having to factor in the sale of an organ or anything involving a Ponzi scheme and wearing a fake mustache. Rest assured you can get attainable mid-engined kicks these days in the cars posted after the jump (in ascending price order), but don’t go thinking they’re cheap; they’re not.

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Renault Promises 6,000 Models Per Year from New Alpine Plant

Renault Promises 6,000 Models Per Year from New Alpine Plant

Prepare to see a lot of the Alpine A110 sports car in the coming years

Renault’s push to bring the revived Alpine brand back from the dead took another positive step recently when the French automaker invested in plant capacity to accelerate its plans to build up to 6,000 sports cars per year under the Alpine brand. All in all, Renault has spent a little over $42 million in upgrading its production facility in Dieppe, France to accommodate the production of the much-hyped A110 sports car.

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2019 Alpine SUV

2019 Alpine SUV

Alpine’s second modern vehicle is aimed at the Porsche Macan

Shut down in 1995, Renault’s Alpine brand made a comeback 22 years later with a modern interpretation of its iconic A110 sports car. Developed on a bespoke platform and using a design that’s both modern and linked to the original car, the A110 is Renault’s long-awaited response to the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C. But Alpine isn’t planning to stop here. Word has it that a convertible version of the A110 is also in the works, and the French firm also wants to jump on the SUV bandwagon. Why? Because everyone is doing it nowadays. But what’s this SUV going to be bring to the table?

I’m going to provide an answer to that question in the speculative review below, which includes not only the latest information and rumors but also a detailed rendering of the Alpine-badged hauler. A release date is not yet available, but given that we have yet to see any prototypes on the road, it’s safe to assume that it won’t happen sooner than late 2018. All told, this SUV won’t be available until the 2019 model year. That’s a long wait, but we already have a few juicy details about what’s coming.

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2017 Renault Alpine A110

2017 Renault Alpine A110

The Alpine brand returns with a sports car aimed at the mighty Porsche 718 Cayman

It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years. The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and there.

As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door "Berlinette" was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship. All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.

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Here's Why the Alpine A110 Could Be Renault's Very Own Porsche Cayman Killer

Here’s Why the Alpine A110 Could Be Renault’s Very Own Porsche Cayman Killer

Porsche’s dominance in the field might come to an end soon

After several years of rumors and teasing, Renault finally relaunched Alpine and unveiled the brand’s first road-going sports car in more than two decades. To those who aren’t familiar with the original Alpine A110, this new sports car is probably an enigma. The Alpine name doesn’t mean much to the average Joe nowadays, while the fact that it’s developed by Renault doesn’t give it the exposure it deserves. But I think that the new A110 has the potential to become a Porsche Cayman killer, and I’m going to explain why.

For starters, this isn’t your regular higher performance car based on an existing platform. The A110 rides on a bespoke chassis developed specifically for this application, while its lightweight, aluminum body is modern, yet aerodynamic and bears a close resemblance to the original, iconic A110 of the 1960s. In other words, while the Cayman doesn’t have that much history to brag about design-wise, the A110 is based on a vehicle that was launched two years before the Porsche 911. Pretty solid heritage, huh?

But looks are a matter of taste, and as I said before, Alpine is a rather obscure brand after operating as a niche carmaker in Europe only, so let’s move to the things that really matter to a sports car.

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The New Alpine A110 Is A Nice Tribute To The Past

The New Alpine A110 Is A Nice Tribute To The Past

You can see hints of the original inside and out, plus it’s got maneuverability to match

The Alpine A110 from the late 1960s and early 70s was a fine vehicle, but the name was laid to rest a long time ago. That’s true up until 2012 when we first laid eyes on the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept. Since then, two other concepts have come and gone, with the Alpine Vision Concept of 2016 showcasing the closest representation of the production model that you see here. So what does the new A110 bring to the table? Well, to put it simply, it’s a heritage-filled sports car with stunning looks, a mid-engine configuration for a near-perfect weight distribution, a lightweight platform, and beautiful interior appointments that will keep this reborn sports car relevant and competitive for some time to come.

It all starts out with an aluminum platform and body that are bonded, riveted, and welded to help increase strength and rigidity. Because of the materials and assembly procedure, the car – without options – has a curb weight of just 2,380 pounds (1,080kg.) Like its predecessor from the 1960s, the new A110 is also ready to hit those windy, mountain roads thanks to the location of the engine, which brings an optimal weight distribution of 44 percent in the front and 56 percent in the rear. Pair that with the fuel tank being located up front and you have an exceptionally low center of gravity – perfect for stout maneuvers and spirited driving.

So, what can the Alpine do in the performance department? Well, I’m glad you asked. Renault Alpine managed to cram a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder above the rear axle that delivers a cool 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a Getrag, seven-speed, wet-clutch, DCT that has specially tuned gear ratios. With that curb weight of 2,380 pounds, this drivetrain setup will push this sexy little sports car up to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. And, it does so without the need for a spoiler thanks to strategic aerodynamics and a drag coefficient of just 0.32.

Suspension duties are handled by double wishbones front and rear which, according to Renault Alpine, offers a combination of “excellent handling performance” and “great ride comfort and daily usability.” To put that into perspective, the Porsche 911 with its 370-horsepower flat-six can hit the 60 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds.

Little has been said about the interior, but the model we’re looking at here is the Premiere edition. The few images we have showcase a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cross stitching, a leather wrapped floating center console, seats with a quilted stitching pattern, and a leather wrapped dash – all of which have blue contrast stitching that stands out against the black leather. The infotainment display floats in front of the center stack, just above a row of push buttons that control various features like the hazard lights, locks, etc. The seats themselves are of the racing variety and look to be compatible with five-point racing harnesses. They also feature an Alpine plaque fixed to the headrest and an embroidered “A” in the middle of the seatback.

All told, it’s a fine vehicle and, when you compare it to the model that precedes it, it’s clear that this thing is built with heritage in mind. Even the exterior design nods to the original A110 from the 60s with the recessed headlights, round driving lights in the nose, and the roofline that is unmistakably Alpine. It even has the wider lower body like its predecessor. So, with that said, let’s travel down the page and talk a little about the Premiere edition that is being offered and produced before other production models hit the assembly line.

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Early Bird Reservations Now Up For Alpine's New Sports Car

Early Bird Reservations Now Up For Alpine’s New Sports Car

They’re called the "Premier Edition!"

Alpine’s long-awaited and highly anticipated return to the auto world took a major leap forward today when the Renault-owned company officially opened reservations for the “Premier Edition,” a limited-run version of the upcoming sports car, which, by the way still goes by the codename “A120.” So yeah, the coupe still goes nameless yet Alpine is already prepared to give early birds the opportunity to have an early Christmas present. Ho, ho, ho, indeed!

The Premier Edition will be limited to just 1,955 units, an odd number on the surface yet a significant one for the French automaker as the original Alpine brand was founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955.

The company didn’t elaborate on the “exclusive appointments” featured in the Premier Edition, opting only to say that the special edition model will be available in a choice of three colors: Bleu Alpine (Blue), Noir Profond (Black), or Blanc Solaire’ (White). In addition, those who make reservations through the company’s bespoke app and make an initial payment of €2,000 ($2,110) will be afforded the opportunity to select their preferred model number, running from #1 to #1,955. The number they end up choosing will be commemorated by a plaque that Alpine will put on the car’s center console. That said, customers might want to make their reservations early because if their number of choice has been taken, they’re gonna be forced to take a different number. The #1 production model, after all, is far more appealing than, say, #516.

Unfortunately, us here in the U.S. can only watch from afar in envy because the Alpine Premier Edition will only be available to customers in Europe, specifically those from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Two other markets – Japan and the U.K. – will also get their allotments of the Alpine Premiere Edition, although reservations for those countries will happen sometime in 2017. Those who are interested should expect to pay anywhere from €55,000 to €60,000 ($58,100 to $63,400) for the limited edition sports car.

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What Can We Expect From The Alpine A120 And Its Hotter Variants?

What Can We Expect From The Alpine A120 And Its Hotter Variants?

A convertible model and a performance-oriented version are expected to follow in the coupe’s footsteps

Renault’s long drawn out plan to bring back the Alpine brand is now taking shape with the arrival of the mid-engined Alpine A120 sports car. The sports coupe is expected to make its debut at the start of 2017 ahead of the planned release sometime in the third quarter of the year. But new details have emerged about the Alpine A120 as there now appears to be plans to expand the brand’s lineup with different variants of the A120.

Word from Autocar reveals that a convertible is expected to follow the coupe in due time and a high performance variant is also in the pipeline. Details surrounding these additional variants are still being kept under wraps, but it is understood that both models are already in “advanced” development so information about them could be coming sooner than later.

For now, all eyes are on the A120 as it gears up for its long-awaited unveiling, which in itself has been years in-the-making as a result of several false starts that plagued the project. But now that it’s getting close to finally becoming a real thing, the expectation is that the A120 will be using a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will develop close to 300 horsepower, giving it a higher output than both the 240-horsepower Alfa Romeo 4C and right about the same figure as the Porsche 718 Cayman. All of the power generated by the A120’s turbo four will likely course through a revised version of the Renault Clio RS’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just under 4.5 seconds.

Once sales for the A120 commences next year, the sports coupe is tipped to get a starting price of about £50,000 to £55,000, or the equivalent of about $53,000 to $58,000 based on current exchange rates. Alpine managing director Michael van der Sande also hinted that production for the car could range from 5,000 to 7,000 units on an annual basis with models being sold in a handful of dealerships across Europe. Don’t expect the A120 to hit U.S. shores anytime soon.

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This is How Caterham's Alpine Coupe Twin Was Supposed To Look Like

This is How Caterham’s Alpine Coupe Twin Was Supposed To Look Like

Definitely sexier than its French counterpart

Back in 2011, Alpine announced that it would produce its first car in two decades as part of a joint-venture with British sports car firm Caterham. Initially scheduled to arrive in 2015, the new Alpine was delayed after the French company and Caterham decided to drop their partnership, despite having a co-developed vehicle in the works. And, while Alpine continued to develop its own version of the sports car, Caterham’s design never made it into the spotlight. Until today, when Drive, the design firm that sketched the sports car, decided to share the story and some photos from their studio.

Dubbed C120, Caterham’s version of the sports car was designed in the same studio as the AS1. Drive’s team of designers and digital modelers were given a space within Alpine’s design office, which lead to the C120 and AS1 clay models facing each other in the same room. Not surprisingly, they share the overall proportion and some styling features, but at the same time they sport unique cues of their own.

While the Alpine obviously draws cues from the iconic A110, Caterham’s take on the project is unlike any other model they’ve produced so far. Which makes sense actually, as every Caterham to date was based on the Seven. Granted, the front grille and positioning of the headlamps remind me of the Seven to some extent, but everything else is new. Around back, the C120 shares many elements with the AS1, such as the slender taillights and trapezoidal diffuser insert, but other than that, they are quite different, as in the Caterham uses a more conventional engine lid with a rectangular glass area rather than Alpine’s wraparound windscreen.

Moving onto the sides, the Caterham features more muscular fenders and a larger quarter glass, and a more fastback roofline toward the rear. The C-pillar is also thicker, giving it a sportier look. The front fascia also seems more aggressive thanks to its big main, Seven-inspired grille and large outlets under each headlamp. All told, the C120 feels more modern and balanced than the Alpine, and it’s also more exciting to look at.

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Petrolicious Shows Some Love To The Dinalpin A110

Petrolicious Shows Some Love To The Dinalpin A110

It’s the Franco-Mexican cousin of the Renault Alpine A110 like you haven’t seen before

The Renault Alpine 110 is arguably one of the French automaker’s best creations. It’s also one of those models whose history extends all the way to Mexico. Yep. From France to Mexico…to Spain…to Bulgaria where it was named "Bulgaralpine.” That’s the story of the Dinalpin A110, a Renault Alpine 110 that was built under license by the DINA company in Mexico.

The weird history notwithstanding, the Dinalpin A110 is actually a great-looking car, at least if you don’t try to stare too long at the three-lug wheels. One such owner of the Franco-Mexican sports car is Dave Griffiths, who got a lead for the car after winning one on an auction site in Puerto Rico. Eventually, Griffiths found himself with a Dinalpin A110 and proceed to restore the car, giving it some hot rod love with drivetrain parts from the Renault Alpine parts bin.

Eventually, he got his Dinalpin A110 to produce 120 horsepower, double the output of the original model. Sure, the output isn’t anything to get excited about, but with a weight of just 1,500 pounds, there’s enough power-to-weight ratio there to make it more than just an ordinary Dinalpin A110. And to think that Griffiths ended up with this car by wasting time on the Internet.

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2018 Renault Alpine Convertible

2018 Renault Alpine Convertible

The new Alpine sports car will grow into a full lineup and we think a convertible model is next

Shut down in 1995 after four decades on the market, the Alpine brand has struggled to return to the market for five years. Having showcased a number of concept cars since 2012, Alpine finally unveiled its first new car in two decades for 2017. Called the A110, it’s a modern rendition of the original A110 sports car and comes into dealerships with big goals, one of which being to compete with the Porsche 718 Cayman. Now that we the highly anticipated Alpine sports car is ready to hit the streets, the company is likely already planning its expansion, because let’s face it, you can’t survive with just one product unless your name is Bugatti.

We already know Alpine is pondering an SUV and a proper sports car family, but the French have yet to talk about it in detail. However, it’s safe to assume that the said sports car lineup will revolve around this new coupe and that the first derivative will be an open-top version. With that in mind, we rendered a convertible model based on the new A110 and put together a speculative review about what it might bring to the table. Keep reading to find out more about the drop-top sports car that could challenge the Porsche 718 Boxster.

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2016 Renault Alpine Vision Concept

2016 Renault Alpine Vision Concept

Renault’s Porsche Cayman competitor is one step closer to production

Introduced in 1961, the original Alpine A110 has attained legendary status thanks to its lightweight, sporty design and numerous wins in the World Rally Championship. Discontinued in 1977, four years after Alpine was purchased by Renault, the A110 is about to return with a modern design and state-of-the-art underpinnings. However, while it was announced in 2012, the sports car designed to revive the Alpine brand has yet to arrive. Instead, the French built a couple of concept vehicles. The A110-50 was shown in 2012, while the Celebration concept was unveiled ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans as a near-production-ready study.

Come 2016, and it turns out that the Celebration concept wasn’t the last Alpine concept to come from the Dieppe-based shop. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show right around the corner, the French introduced the Alpine Vision concept — a refined, production-friendly version of the Celebration concept. According to Alpine, this new concept will share about 80 percent of its design with the production model, which means it’s our best look at the upcoming A110 sports car yet. Needless to say, the new concept looks very similar to our own rendering of the production car.

There’s no word as to when the new Alpine will break cover, but Renault did say that a production model will be unveiled over the next 12 months. My best guess is that an official launch will occur by the end of the year with sales to commence in 2017. The sports car will initially go on sale in Europe before becoming available in other markets. It’s not yet known whether the A110 will cross the pond to the U.S., but that’s not very likely given that Renault is no longer present on these shores. Until we find out more about that, make sure you have a closer look at the latest Alpine concept below.

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After The Sports Car, Alpine Considers Building A SUV

After The Sports Car, Alpine Considers Building A SUV

We’ve been waiting for a long time for the debut of Renault’s new 2016 Renault Alpine sports car. The global financial crisis in 2009 caused a major delay in the revival of Alpine. In 2012 we were blessed by the 2012 Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept, and by the time we hit the middle of 2013, it was announced that Alpine planned to follow the footsteps of Porsche with a 911-type vehicle. We thought we would see the new sports car in 2015, but that was delayed due to design issuess, at which point it was assumed it would debut sometime next year. Finally, just two months ago, we learned that to make the “perfect sports car” its delay would yet again be set back to 2017. Now some new information has surfaced, and if you’re a fan of the Alpine brand from the past, you’ll be delighted to hear it.

This time I’m not reporting about another setback, but instead I’m here to tell you about future plans to introduce a second road-going Alpine model by 2018. This new model will be Alpine’s first foray into the SUV or crossover market, and speculation has it that the move to make an SUV was likely inspired by Nissan’s mission to morph its Z line into a sports crossover. Very few details have been released about the future SUV, but our sources indicate that its development is moving along ahead of schedule. Will the new sports car be a success? Will we see a new SUV or crossover from the Alpine line as planned? Only time will tell, but keep reading to see what I think we’ll see in the coming years.

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2017 Renault Alpine Mule Caught Testing: Spy Shots

2017 Renault Alpine Mule Caught Testing: Spy Shots

Our intrepid snappers recently caught what we believe to be a 2016 Renault Alpine test mule doing its best impression of a 2012-2015 Lotus Exige S. While we can’t draw many conclusions about the Alpine’s final shape from this heavily camouflaged prototype, we can say with utmost certainty that the bulbous rear bumper is definitely not a stock Exige item. That and the vents in the lower portion of the blacked-out rear window indicate the Alpine could have a rear-engine layout like its ancestors.

What engine will be back there is somewhat of a mystery, but we have previously speculated that it will be the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.. It’s compact enough to fit behind the rear axle and light enough to not negatively impact weight distribution. It produces 271 horsepower in its hot-hatch application, but it’s mooted to produce around 300 horsepower for the Alpine. Either that or a newly developed 1.8-liter with up to 296 horsepower.

Renault unveiled a concept version of the new Alpine, called the 2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, but we also recently put together a rendering of what we think the final product will look like. The 1961-1973 Alpine A110 built between 1961 and 1977 is a clear influence, but it’s not overtly retro. Like the A110, it will have integrated fog lamps in the front bumper, compact dimensions and a sporty fastback profile that flows seamlessly into the rear.

Also like the A110, low mass is likely to be a priority. Expect a sub-2,400-pound weight, which should help provide exceptional agility and acceleration. This is one we’re really looking forward too.

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Renault Alpine Pushed Back To 2017 Because It Needs To Be Perfect

Renault Alpine Pushed Back To 2017 Because It Needs To Be Perfect

Delayed several times due to development drawbacks and the unexpected split with Caterham, Alpine’s first modern-day sports car and the brand’s revival could still be 18 months away. Originally scheduled to arrive in 2016, Alpine’s first car in 20 years is now being pushed into 2017. The news comes straight from Alpine boss Bernard Ollivier, who told Motoring that the launch has been delayed yet again, so the French can be sure that the vehicle will be "absolutely perfect."

Ollivier argues that the new Alpine is more than just a car, as it will also mark the relaunch of the brand. That said, he made it clear that the production version of the 2015 Renault-Alpine Celebration Concept won’t arrive before 2017.

"We will have only one shot; one shot because when we launch this design, we are not launching one car, we have to launch one car and [the] Alpine [brand]. The future of Alpine is based on this car. So we have only objective today – the success of this [first] car," he said.

"[But] Sorry, the date cannot be before [2017] clearly... And if we need some more [time] to realize the success of the car, we’ll take it. The main point is to be sure our car will be absolutely perfect," Ollivier added.

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2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept

2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept

After years of rumors, a concept car, and a sudden cancellation of its partnership with Caterham, Alpine has finally unveiled a near-production version of its upcoming sports car. Brought into the spotlight six decades since the brand was established in Dieppe, France, and exactly 20 years since it had been declared defunct, the Alpine Celebration Concept made its maiden appearance ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The vehicle’s debut at the Circuit de la Sarthe is far from just a marketing move, as Alpine has a long and storied history with Le Mans, where its cars had raced in large numbers in the 1960s. What’s more, the Alpine A442B won the iconic race in 1978, defeating a horde of Porsche 936s ran by both factory teams and privateers. Lastly, the Celebration Concept made its rolling debut on the same track Alpine has been racing in the LMP2 class for three consecutive years.

Even though Renault didn’t say when the production car is due to arrive (I expect that to happen in 2016), the Celebration Concept will attend a number of special events throughout 2015, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Alpine Saga reunion in Dieppe. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the concept that signals the return of Alpine as a road car manufacturer.

Update 10/7/2015: The Renault-Alpine Celebration Concept was recently filmed at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Renault Alpine At Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video

Renault Alpine At Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video

Alpine isn’t exactly a brand that too many people have heard of. This is party due to the fact that French cars aren’t exactly common in the U.S., but also because Alpine hasn’t built a road car in 20 years. But there have been some important developments with this Renault offshoot over the past few years. Renault has been racing LMP2 cars at Le Mans under the Alpine name for a few years now, and we’ve also seen road car concepts, most recently the 2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept, which is seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in this video.

The concept is inspired, not surprisingly, by the 1961-1973 Renault Alpine A110, Alpine’s most famous car and a highly successful rally car. The car enjoyed a long production run, from 1961 to 1977, reaching the height of its motorsports fame in the early ’70s, with 1973 being a particularly good year. The car was based on the Renault R8, a rather pedestrian rear-engine compact sedan. It started with the same engine as well, but by 1970, horsepower had more than doubled, from 66 to 138. It was given a curvaceous new body as well, and the cues of that body can be seen in the concept.

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Renault Alpine Could Get New, 296-Horsepower 1.8 Turbo

Renault Alpine Could Get New, 296-Horsepower 1.8 Turbo

Renault’s upcoming Alpine sports car will reportedly use a newly developed turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine offered with three outputs. That’s the word from Automotivpress, which claims the new powerplant, developed by Renault and Nissan, is derived from the 1.6-liter unit currently available in the 2013 Renault Clio RS.

According to the report, the base model will get a version tuned to crank out 250 PS (246 horsepower), while the mid-range engine will deliver 275 PS (271 horses). The most powerful Alpine will hit dealerships with 300 PS (296 horsepower), as well as different cylinder heads, a revised cooling system, and optimized engine mapping.

The French outlet also claims the Alpine will get its very own transmission in the form of a bespoke dual-clutch unit. Whether this new EDC will be shared with other models remains unknown, but it seems the Alpine won’t be the only vehicle to use the new 1.8-liter four-banger. This unit will also find its way into the upcoming Megane RS, as well as in Nissan’s future Golf GTI competitor, the Pulsar Nismo.

As previously announced, the first Alpine of the 21st century will arrive for the 2016 model year. However, it’s not yet clear whether Renault plans to sell it in the U.S. What I do know for a fact is that the production version will borrow most of its styling from the 2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept launched ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Renault Alpine Concept Car Will Be Unveiled This Saturday

Renault Alpine Concept Car Will Be Unveiled This Saturday

After 20 years of collecting dust, it appears as though the Alpine name, Renault’s famed racing and sports car subsidiary, will get a reboot at the launch of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this Saturday. The speculation stems from a cryptic countdown that announces “a beautiful surprise” to be revealed on June 13th as part of a celebration of “Alpine’s 60th birthday.”

That surprise is most likely a near-production concept of the new mid/rear-engine, two-seat coupe Renault has in store to rival the Audi TT, Porsche Boxster, and Alfa Romeo 4C. It’s allegedly called the AS1 (Alpine Sport 1), and the final road-going car is expected to bring with it a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine churning out 250 horsepower. Curb weight should be less than 2,500 pounds. 

According to Automotive News Europe, the AS1 will most likely source a variety of technologies from Renault’s partners, Daimler and Nissan. Production is slated to begin at the end of 2016 with 3,000 units per year, bumped to 5,000 units annually if demand is high enough. Asking price would be in the 30,000 to 35,000 euro range ($33,857 to $39,499 at current exchange rates, 2015). 

This teaser should come as a relief to fans of the legendary make, as the Alpine revival has undergone a number of ups and downs thus far. The revival first got underway in 2012, when Renault and British sports-car maker Caterham teamed up to develop the new coupe. However, the collaboration ended last year, when the two manufacturers split over financial issues. Caterham is reportedly still working on its own version of the car.

The split followed the departure of Carlos Tavares, the project’s primary supporter, who left Renault as COO in 2013 to become CEO at Peugeot. However, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn approved a brand investment of 600 million euros earlier this year, reportedly enabling the Alpine preview to go forward. 

Official details should be revealed over the weekend.

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Renault Prepares Audi TT Competitor

Renault Prepares Audi TT Competitor

After two decades on the shelf, it looks as though Renault is reviving its racing and sports car subsidiary Alpine with a mid/rear-engine coupe designed to take on the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster. As a prologue to an upcoming production version, the French automaker may bring an Alpine concept to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race scheduled to take place next month.

French publication Challenges is reporting that Renault could go forward with the preview now that CEO Carlos Ghosn has approved a brand investment of some 600 million euros.

The final production car is expected to boast an output of 250 horsepower and cost somewhere between 30,000 and 35,000 euros ($34,058 and $39,735 at current exchange rates, 2015). Citing an unidentified source involved with the sports car’s development, Automotive News Europe is reporting the new Alpine will be lightweight and source several technologies through Renault’s corporate partners of Nissan and Daimler. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2016, with 3,000 units rolling out annually, up to 5,000 per year if demand dictates.

So far, the Alpine restoration has suffered several setbacks, first when Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares, the project’s primary supporter, moved to Peugeot as CEO in 2013, then again last year, when Renault ended a partnership with Caterham to develop the Alpine over financing issues.

Meanwhile, Renault remains tight-lipped, declining to comment on the Challenges report.

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Alpine Planning Sports Car Family And SUV

Alpine Planning Sports Car Family And SUV

Newly reestablished automobile brand Alpine (not to be confused with Alpina) hasn’t launched a new product in more than two decades, but the French are already pondering an entire family of sports cars, as well as an SUV. That’s the word from Renault executive vice president Bruno Ancelin, who hinted that the Alpine badge could be used to enable Renault to compete with premium manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche. Now that’s a mighty big plan for a firm as small as Alpine!

Although Ancelin refused to elaborate on the matter, he did say Alpine will turn to alliance members Nissan and Daimler for know-how. As for establishing a full lineup of sports cars, the project is still in its infancy, as Alpine has yet to determine its priorities in the market and which new products would make sense financially. What’s truly relevant right now from Ancelin’s statement is that Alpine’s first sports car, due in 2016 for the 2017 model year, will be called the AS1, which stands for Alpine Sport 1.

"We are working on the first car, and out of the first car we are working on the line-up. So model number one, which we call the AS1 – Alpine Sport 1– we need to see further and [then we’ll] look to the complementary models we will have in the line-up," he told Auto Express.

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Renault-Alpine Sports Car to Arrive in Dealerships in Early 2017

Renault-Alpine Sports Car to Arrive in Dealerships in Early 2017

Renault has been struggling to revive the Alpine brand for quite a number of years now. At first, the French teamed up with Caterham in a joint-venture that would have enabled both companies to build their very own sports cars using the same underpinnings. However, the collaboration didn’t last very long, as disagreements on the development of the sports cars caused significant delays. As a result, in June 2014 it was announced that each company will build its own sports car. Moving forward, Renault acquired full ownership of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham and dropped "Caterham" from the official company name, claiming the company has "made some good progress" on its own.

While things have been rather quiet on the Apine front the past three months, an unnamed Renault spokesman has been quoted saying that the sports car is on schedule for a 2017 release, thus confirming earlier reports about its debut in 2016. The automaker is "on track to deliver the model to customers in about two years," the unnamed spokesperson told Automotive News Europe.

Given the timetable, I’m tempted to believe the Alpine sports car will show itself to the world at the 2016 Paris Motor Show before hiting the road in 2017.

Once the first Alpine in decades reaches dealerships, the French manufacturer hopes to sell around 3,000 examples a year, Alpine head Bernard Ollivier told Reuters in an interview. "In terms of scale, on average [annual production] volume will be about 3,000 cars, with a peak of 5,000 initially due to the novelty factor," he said.

Needless to say, that’s mighty optimistic of Alpine, a brand that’s far from being of the mainstream variety. Sure, there are quite a few Alpine enthusiasts getting excited about the thought of the company’s first product in decades – myself included — but very few will actually fork Alfa Romeo 4C-like money to take one home. Alpine will probably have to settle selling some 500 examples a year.

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Renault Alpine Confirmed: Coming In 2016

Renault Alpine Confirmed: Coming In 2016

The comeback saga of the Renault Alpine has been rather confusing lately. After the Renault-Caterham joint venture, essential for the sports car’s development program, had been dissolved it seemed that the rebirth of the Alpine brand might never happened. Then last week Renault confirmed the highly anticipated sports car remains on track for a 2016 release.

Speaking at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Renault boss Carlos Ghosn told WhatCar? the Alpine project is continuing as planned, with the sports car to arrive in 2016 despite delays caused by the split. "While it would have been better to split the investment with a partner, it wasn’t possible to agree it [sic]. Now it is better that we go alone – and the project is continuing as planned."

The news was confirmed by Renault chief designer Laurens van den Acker as well, who expressed regrets for the Renault-Caterham joint venture being dissolved in 2014. However, van den Acker said the company has "made some good progress" on its own.

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Renault-Caterham Joint Venture Dropped; Each Company will Build its Own Sports Car

Renault-Caterham Joint Venture Dropped; Each Company will Build its Own Sports Car

The Renault-Caterham joint venture has officially been dissolved. It was a nice plan at first, but like a lot of nice plans, this one sputtered and died before anything great could come from it. The two sides decided on an amicable split two years after joining forces on what was initially planned as the rebirth of the Alpine brand. The companies were so dedicated at one point, they went so far as to co-found Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham with the intention of launching a pair of similarly styled sports cars by 2016.

But somewhere along the way, the relationship between the two companies disintegrated. It even came to a point where disagreements on the development of the sports cars caused significant delays. So instead of soldiering on and squashing the tensions between the two sides, both companies chose to drop the project entirely and go their separate ways.

Renault has since acquired full ownership of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham and dropped "Caterham" from the official company name. Both companies are moving forward in building new sports cars but will do so independently.

A lot of people, including us, are understandably disappointed that the Renault-Caterham marriage didn’t work. It really had so much promise at the beginning. The thought of a shared sports car that incorporated the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept had a lot of people in the industry at attention, wondering what these companies could create together.

Surprisingly, there are no hard feelings, as the two brands still plan to work together through "other forms of cooperation," but it doesn’t sound as exciting as building a sports car together.

Oh, well. So much for that.

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Renault’s Alpine Sports Car will be Launched by 2016

After months of speculation, the design of Renault’s Alpine sports car is finally ready and we’re getting a clearer picture that the car is on schedule for a 2016 release.

Not a lot of details have been announced regarding this new lightweight sports car, but Renault’s senior vice president of corporate design Laurens van den Acker did leak a little info when he told Motoring at the Geneva Motor Show that the design of the Alpine sports car is "as good as finished".

That’s the strongest indication we’ve had that the sports car is nearing production, and since it came from a man who actually had a hand in the design of the car, then you can bet that we’re taking that to the bank.

van den Acker did stop short of spilling all the beans about the Alpine sports car, which is pretty understandable considering the lengths by which Renault has tried to keep the car under wraps for this long. Besides, 2016 is still two years away and a lot of things can happen, but make no mistake, there’s a sense of excitement coming out of the Renault camp on the current status of the Alpine sports car.

If it ends up being all that and then some, then you can be sure that the Alpine sports car will immediately make waves in the market. In fact, it’s still two years before it’s expected launch and the market is already abuzz, so imagine all the hype once we get closer to 2016.

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Renault Alpine Sports Car Delayed a Year Due to Design Issues

We are all very excited to see the Renault Alpine, but it looks like we may have to wait longer than expected. According to Autocar, there was a secret customer clinic where the automaker showed off its upcoming sports car. Well, apparently customers didn’t respond the way the Renault team had expected, so it sent the car back to the drawing board for a redesign. This latest delay will push the sports car’s release back by about a year — somewhere in late 2016.

Reportedly, there are also some frustrations from the Caterham side, as its bosses had signed off on the design some time ago and has been on hold since. Caterham needs to get to polishing off the under-skin components, so we can understand that frustration.

Caterham’s was diplomatic and did not comment specifically on the frustrations. He did however, admit that there are some issues that are causing frustrations for both teams, but Renault assured him that this project is a top priority.

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Spy Shots: Renault Alpine Mule Caught in Lotus Clothing

We have known for quite some time that Renault has been preparing to revive the Alpine brand; however, with exception to the Alpine A110-50 Concept announced back in 2012, all we have been able to do so far is speculate. That all changes today, as our spy photographers managed to catch the Renault Alpine mule out for its first known testing session.

You may wonder why this Renault Alpine looks so much like a Lotus sports car. Well, that is the purpose of a mule, as this sexy British-built body is carefully hiding the Alpine’s French technology, especially the chassis that that rides beneath this widened Lotus shell.

The test group was caught at the Swedish company, Öhlins, alongside several other models from Renault Sport, including the Megane RS and Clio — A Lotus among this group is about as out of place as a Camaro on a Ford showroom.

We expect the new Renault Alpine to be unveiled sometime in 2015 and to hit the market at a price of about $50k.

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Alpine has Grand Plans to Follow in the Footsteps of Porsche

Renault has big plans for Alpine and apparently, it wants its new sub-brand to follow in the footsteps of another automaker: Porsche.

That much was said by Renault’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker, who recently told Piston Heads of the company’s expectations for Alpine.

But before it can get to that level, it needs to have a sports car that can do what the 911 did for Porsche. Lofty goals, but one Renault hopes it can achieve.

"We need to create the 911 of Alpine," van den Acker said. "Then we can do the Panamera and Cayman."

For now, Alpine’s initial plans involve building an entry-level sports car that’s already in the pipeline. Set to be launched in 2016, the car is expected to carry some styling cues from the classic A110 from back in the 60s with an equally possible interpretation on the A110-50 Concept that was launched last year.

No details about the car have been confirmed but there’s word that it will carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces about 280 horsepower and mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch EDC automatic. It’s expected to carry a price of about £50,000 ($76,000) per unit.

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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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2013 Project SST-77 by Miguel Jimenez

2013 Project SST-77 by Miguel Jimenez

Mexico is becoming quite the haven for lightweight sports cars. Over the years, we’ve seen numerous brands coming from the country introduce their respective models. But to say that classic sports cars were foreign to Mexico is a little short-sighted. After all, one of the most famous sports cars of the 60’s and 70’s was the Renault Denalpin, which can trace its roots to Mexico.

All that said, there appears to be serious intention coming from some businessmen in Mexico to build a new sports car, called the SST-77.

The renderings of the SST-77 pretty much give away what Mexican businessman, Miguel Jimenez, wants to do with this sports car. It’s a re-imagined Alpine that was designed along the same veins of the original Alpine-110 with some pretty striking details, including the sweptback headlights, circular fog lights and those wide-open air intakes.

According to Autoblog Mexico, the SST-77 is being prepared to take the form of a lightweight sports car that will be made out of fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber. On top of that, it will be built on a platform that will be created in Sahagun City, Mexico, which, incidentally is the same birthplace of the original Dinalpin. We’re not sure if there’s a rationale behind the decision to build the car in that location or it’s plainly coincidence.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how the SST-77 develops from here on out.

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Alpine-Caterham Sports Car to Set its Sights on the Alfa Romeo 4C

The expected arrival of the Alpine-Caterham sports car is still a few years away, but Renault boss, Carlos Tavares, has already made it known that the sports car will compete against the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Lotus Evora. Tavares did clarify that the Porsche Cayman may be a little out of reach for the brand.

“It would be arrogant to say we could go head-to-head with Porsche and win,” Tavares told Autocar. “But I think Lotus and Alfa are realistic targets.”

Tavares also hinted that Renault, Alpine’s parent company, will give the latter the freedom to "express themselves", something that it wouldn’t be able to do as much if Alpine had to go through Renault regarding specifics about the future sports car.

Meanwhile, Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s chief of design, is hoping that the future sports car, which will be based on the A110 Concept, will be a springboard that will re-launch Alpine as a brand that will soon build and develop a range of other sports cars. Clearly, a lot is riding on the success of this model.

“We all love Alpine within the company, but this first car will be a measure for us of how much other people love it,” he said.

“If it is a success, then yes I can see space for us to expand."

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Renault Alpine will arrive by 2015

We have heard all kind of rumors about the relaunch of the Renault Alpine brand, including the possibility to develop a new sports car in cooperation with Caterham. Today, in an interview with AutoCar, Renault marketing boss Stephen Norman confirmed that a new Alpine sports car will indeed appear on the market inside of three years.

He described the new sports car as "not soft", but at the same time "not more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5." However, the new Alpine sports car will have the DNA of a French car and will be aimed at buyers who are “either French or Francophile."

The new Alpine will take aim at models like the Porsche Boxster and high-performance versions of the Audi TT. This means the model should deliver at least 250 horsepower and will be priced at less than £50,000 (about $80k at the current exchange rates). Expect the Alpine to arrive by late 2015.

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Rumormill: Caterham, Not Lotus, Will Join Alpine Project

Okay, so as we all know, the automotive rumormill has a habit of bouncing back and forth before finally resting on the truth. Back in August, we heard a rumor that the Alpine would be built in a joint venture between Renault-Nissan and Caterham. Then just days later, we started exploring the possibility of the Alpine and Infiniti Emerg-E being a Renault-Nissan and Lotus project, given the Emerg-E was already built on the Lotus Evora platform and it would be simpler to build both the Emerg-e and Alpine on the same platform.

Well, it looks as if the Lotus and Nissan talk is done with, as Caterham appears to have swooped in and all but completed a deal with Renault Nissan. Sky News is reporting that Caterham boss, Tony Fernandes, is just about to put ink to paper on a $400 million production deal that will join Caterham and Renault-Nissan at the hip on the Alpine project. The deal would involve a 50-50 split in cost and profits between Renault-Nissan and Caterham.

There is no mention as to whether this will also affect the Emerg-E’s production plans, but chances are that the Emerg-E will remain a Lotus and Renault-Nissan project, since both companies are already so deeply entrenched in the deal.

This also effectively eliminates the chances that the Emerg-E and Renault Alpine will share any significant DNA. It is very doubtful if Lotus would be willing to lend its platform to Caterham for a project that it back-doored from the already struggling sports car builder.

We’ll keep a close eye on this situation because it could boil over into something a little more, as the two rivals compete to snag up a little extra business. The deal is expected to be reviewed on Monday and approved in just a few weeks.

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Could Lotus Have a Hand in the Manufacturing of the Emerg-E and Alpine?

Could Lotus Have a Hand in the Manufacturing of the Emerg-E and Alpine?

When the Emerg-E popped onto the scene during the Geneva Auto Show, us automotive folk were amazed at the technology and potential behind this car. We were also amazed to see a rather familiar platform looking back at us, as the Emerg-E is built on the same platform as the Lotus Evora.

Lotus is no stranger to lending out its platforms and bodies for various performance applications (see: Hennessey Venom GT), but it has never gotten into the actual building phase of these cars. Infiniti has yet to confirm that the Emerg-E for production, but its sister company, Renault, has already announced that the Alpine will go into production, in one form or another.

Since Renault has also made it clear that the Alpine will not be much like its concept and the Emerg-E is already based on a Lotus concept, why not save a little scratch and build both models on the same platform? There is really no reason not to and there is absolutely no way that Lotus would refuse this deal, as it sorely needs a little extra money these days.

Sure, the production level may be low and the income may be limited, but it would at least help put Lotus back into the sports car conversation. In addition to getting its foot back into the sports car door, with the Evora and Emerg-E being range-extended electric vehicles, this could carve Lotus a real nice and potentially profitable niche.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this, but the connection is already there, it just needs a little push in the right direction.

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Next Renault Alpine could be developed in cooperation with Caterham

There are some whispers spreading around on the good ol’ Net that Renault and Caterham may be teaming up to facilitate the return of the Alpine name. The ball has already started rolling with the introduction of the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept, but a French report is stating that this team effort will benefit the lineups of both manufacturers.

Renault’s goal is to create a light and agile Alpine which will be easier with the help of a smaller company, while Caterham is looking to build a new range-topping sports car that will be made possible with the knowledge provided by a larger, more experienced manufacturer. It’s the classic, "You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours" scenario. What we’ll get out of it is a light rear-engined Alpine priced somewhere between $44,000 to $50,000 which is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015.

"We’ve had talks with potential partners," said Carlos Tavares, Renault’s Chief Operating Officer in a previous interview. "We’ll decide whether or not to revive Alpine before the end of this year, but I think there’s a good chance that a new Alpine will see the light of day."

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Video: Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept meets with predecessor for mountain drive

Video: Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept meets with predecessor for mountain drive

With reports recently surfacing suggesting that Renault may inject new life into the famous Alpine brand, despite our skepticism of it actually happening, a new video showcasing the newly-launched Alpine A110-50 Concept has been released. This video shows the vehicle following in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor, the original Alpine A110 Berlinette.

Before you discount this video, keep in mind that it’s not just simply a short video uploaded to YouTube where both cars were spotted together on the street. It is actually an all-out production conducted by Renault to help promote support for the rebirth of the Alpine brand by demonstrating just how far the French company has come since the Berlinette’s inception back in the ‘60’s.

Even though we have great difficulty in believing that these two Alpine’s were really driving along these mountain roads as the video suggests, it’s a great sight to see with two completely different sports cars, developed and constructed by the same company both of whom were and are extremely futuristic in their respective designs.

Additionally, it’s nice to see that Renault actually created a concept which can be driven, rather than one which will remain stationary for its entire life, only ever shifting position whilst being transported around the world to different automotive shows.

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Rumormill: Alpine Brand may not be Just a Concept for Much Longer

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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Renault to tackle Goodwood with new 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.

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2012 Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

2012 Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

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?

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Report: Renault Alpine successor to debut at 2012 Monaco Grand Prix

We brought you news about the possibility of Renault reviving the Alpine name and producing a brand new concept based around the original car just a couple of weeks ago, and already more details about this possible, yet-to-be-confirmed car have surfaced.

Originally, Renault was rumored to have stated that a successor to the legendary Alpine A110 would debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in late September, but according to Autoblog.nl, the new car could be debuting much sooner at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix late this month. This wouldn’t be the only new car said to debut at the event, as reports have also suggested that McLaren will unveil the McLaren F1 successor in a private display during the festivities.

If this turns out to be true, then debuting the car at the Monaco Grand Prix could be a great move on Renault’s part, as it’s not only an integral part of Formula One and one of its key engine suppliers, but the media buzz around the famous race will help the French company get some recognition for reviving this legend.

The car in question will only be a concept version, and is rumored to be dubbed the ‘ZAR,’ although we’re somewhat doubtful that the ZAR name would make it to production. It seems a return to ‘Alpine’ would be preferable. Autoblog.nl has also revealed that the new Renault sports car may be completely electric and help lead the sports car market into more efficient territory.

However, if Renault does decide to create an electric Alpine for the 2014 or 2015 model years, it’s likely it would also offer the car with a conventional internal combustion engine if it really is a tribute to the original.

It’s yet to be confirmed if the Monaco display will be conducted in private or not, but if it is, expect a few shots to leak onto the net in the days following the event.

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Reborn Renault Alpine could be based on the Nissan GT-R; debut expected to be in Paris

Two interesting developments surrounding the expected revival of the Renault Alpine: First, it appears to be headed to the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Second, and more importantly, the car could very well end up being based on the Nissan GT-R.

Talking to UK website Headline Auto, Renault Marketing Director Stephen Norman said that the new Alpine will be made as a lightweight sports car that puts the emphasis on top-class performance and "made to the highest specification." Moreover, Norman has admitted that the French automaker is looking at tapping into their partnership with Nissan to look for and use existing parts from Nissan.

The only catch with going that route is the expected cost that would go with such an ambitious project. On that end, Renault might still end up seeking third-party partners to help in the development of the new Alpine. "We can’t lift things from the parts bin, we have to make a business case for it and we have not yet done that," Norman said.

Despite no confirmations on that matter, CarAdvice has speculated that Renault might be eyeing Nissan’s mighty supercar, the GT-R, as a possible peg for the new Alpine. If this new piece of information proves to be correct, then you can expect the buzz surrounding the return of the Renault Alpine to hit fever pitch when it’s expected to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.

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New Lancia Stratos officially dead; Renault Alpine could be reborn

Now we can officially put all the talk to rest. The New Lancia Stratos, a one-off supercar that was built and designed by Pininfarina as a tribute vehicle to the legendary car of the 70’s, will remain a one-off. And we have Ferrari to thank - or blame - for that.

After the immense popularity generated by the New Stratos when it was unveiled a year ago, there was talk that Pininfarina was looking into building a limited run of the supercar for interested customers. But since the project hinged on Ferrari allowing the company to use the 430 Scuderia as the car’s platform, they had to receive the green light from the Italian automaker to proceed with the program.

Unfortunately, those folks from Ferrari have refused to allow a limited production run of the New Stratos with Ferrari CEO Dr. Amadeo Felisa seemingly content with the one-off project that was built for Michael Stoschek.

We’re pretty disappointed to see the Stratos’ renaissance end even before it actually began, but if there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s that instead of the New Stratos, Koscheck and his people have set their sights on building a modern version of another old-time classic: the Renault Alpine A110 Berlinette. Talks with the French automaker are already in progress so we’re crossing our fingers that the Alpine will come back to our lives the way the New Stratos should have.

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New Renderings Of The Renault Alpine DeZir

New Renderings Of The Renault Alpine DeZir

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.

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Renault cancels plans to revive the Alpine brand

Renault cancels plans to revive the Alpine brand

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.

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Renault Alpine will be based on Nissan 370Z

Renault Alpine will be based on Nissan 370Z

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 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.

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Renault Alpine Concept

Renault Alpine Concept

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!

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New Renault Alpine to be launched in 2011

New Renault Alpine to be launched in 2011

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.

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Renault Alpine Concept to be unveiled in Geneva or in Paris?

Renault Alpine Concept to be unveiled in Geneva or in Paris?

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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Renault Alpine Interlagos Concept

Renault Alpine Interlagos Concept

Based upon the French classic Renault Alpini 108 - year 1956, the Willys Interlagos was the first series production sport car produced in Brazil and, even now-a-days, it is object of desire for sport cars collectors and enthusiasts.
The original model was brought to Brazil by Willys Overland do Brazil by influence of the adman Mauro Salles, and enthusiast of cars who named the model after the city of São Paulo famous auto race track.
With a production of more than 800 units between 1964 - (...)

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1961 - 1973 Renault Alpine A110

1961 - 1973 Renault Alpine A110

Presented at the Paris Auto Show in 1963, Jean Redele unveiled the Alpine A110 after his prior successes with the A106 and A108. The A110 was a true departure for the company as styling was largely revised and the Dieppe-based firm began building one of their more respected models that would remain in limited production for over a decade.

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