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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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2016 Renault Captur Hypnotic Limited-Edition

2016 Renault Captur Hypnotic Limited-Edition

Small SUVs are all the rage in Europe, a relatively new segment that is best typified for Americans by the Nissan Juke. For the European market, many manufacturers have found that the best and easiest way to compete in this segment is just to take an existing successful hatchback and make it taller. This has worked especially well for French manufacturers, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the French have ruled the European hatchback market for years. And at the top of the segment is the Renault Captur, a taller version of the Clio, which holds a staggering 32.2 percent of the European B-segment SUV market.

So to celebrate the car’s dominance, Renault has made a special edition, known as the Hypnotic. It is what a special edition should be in this segment – a unique appearance package and a savings on equipment by more being offered as standard. Things like a bit more power are always great to see, but it would cost a lot more that way, and it isn’t really what would sell cars in this segment anyway. The special touches are well executed, but then it was a well executed vehicle to begin with.

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2011 Renault Megane RS Police Car

2011 Renault Megane RS Police Car

Speeding in France is about to get a wee bit trickier to get away with now that the Gendarmerie are getting 70 Renault Megane RS police vehicles on the prowl.

The new Megane RS police car will replace the currentSubaru Impreza fleet and will come in the blue and yellow color scheme as other French police vehicle. The Gendarmerie have even opted for the “Chassis Cup” version, which is the model with the best handling at high speeds. The Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The vehicle’s speed tops out at 155 mph, leaving the drivers with lead feet little opportunity to get away.

Renault chose Durisotti, an approved Renault coach-builder, to fully transform their new fleet into true police vehicles with the special equipment necessary to catch speedsters. The result of their work is shown in the photos provided.

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2010 Dacia Duster Ice Racer

2010 Dacia Duster Ice Racer

Alain Prost, widely regarded as one of the fiercest Formula One drivers in history and the most heated rival of the late, great Ayrton Senna, is still hacking up race tracks in France these days, albeit on a much different terrain. The former Formula One Driver’s Champion’s competitive racing juices are now on full display at the Andros Trophy racing series, the national Ice Racing championship of France.

Last year, Prost raced behind the wheel of a Dacia Duster Ice Racer and proceeded to show everybody that despite his age, he still managed to finish runner-up for the season, trailing only two-time Andros champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut on-board his Fabia Skoda MKII.

This season, which is scheduled to begin on December 4th, Prost is looking to break through with his first Andros championship, and to help him achieve his goal, he’s got a brand new Dacia Duster Ice Racer waiting to be unleashed all over the icy terrains of France.

The new Duster Ice Racer underwent some engine and performance upgrades from last year’s model, giving Prost an even bigger chance to break the Skoda’s two-year stranglehold on the championship.
For one thing, the 55-year old racer is determined to prove that second place won’t be good enough this time around. “Last season, we were aware it would be tough to win the Trophée Andros with a new car, not to mention the fact that the program began at a relatively late stage” he said.

“This time round, my intention is to challenge for the title. We completed two very positive days of testing at Val Thorens last weekend. Our work on Duster has clearly paid dividends and we are convinced we have the means to make a strong start."

Head over past the jump to find out details about Prost’s new Duster Ice Racer.

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2010 Renault Modus Evian Masters

2010 Renault Modus Evian Masters

Evian Masters is a women’s professional golf tournament that began its course back in 1994. For over ten years, Renault and Evian Masters have partnered for this golf tournament. Through this partnership, Renault will provide a fleet of 90 vehicles to be used by officials and tournament organizers during the course of the event. To mark the Evian Masters tournament’s 17th edition Renault has unveiled a special edition Modus that will be limited to 500 units.

The new Modus Evian Masters is distinguished by its pink and white Evian Masters badging on the front wings and tailgate, as well as by its extra-tinted rear glass and aluminum alloy wheels. On the interior it receives gray upholstery contrasted with pink details (pink being the official color of the tournament) such as the edging of the front carpet mats and the organizer box ring. The interior ambiance is further enhanced by the split leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear lever knob, as well as by the satin-finish chrome center console and air vent surrounds.

The limited, special edition Modus will only be available in France starting at €17,150. They will be available this month.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP

2010 Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP

Renault will unveil the special edition Laguna Coupé Monaco GP on April 9 at the Cabriolet, Coupé and SUV Show which will shortly open at the Porte de Versailles exhibition complex in Paris, France.

This special edition will be distinguished by a twotone pearlescent white and pearlescent black livery. The model comes with a leather interior trim, as well as such desirable technologies as Carminat TomTom navigation, Bose audio, xenon headlights and, above all, the acclaimed 4Control chassis which delivers impeccable roadholding.

Updated 04/13/2010: Renault unveiled today official details on the special edition Laguna Coupe Monaco GP that will go on sale in May at a price of €38,800. It will be limited to just 400 units. It will be available with a choice of four DPF-equipped diesel powertrains (dCi 150 with either six-speed manual or automatic transmission, dCi 180 with six-speed manual gearbox or 3.0 V6 dCi 235 with six-speed automatic transmission) and one petrol engine (3.5 V6 240 with six-speed automatic transmission).

Press release after the jump.

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