2016 Renault Alpine A120 to be revealed in February
This particular Autocar image shows how a hotter type of the Alpine could look
Twitter teaser confirms launch date will be 16 February; 300bhp hardcore type lined up, as latest spy pictures show the £50,000 design in testing
Renault will relaunch the Alpine brand which has a brand new sports car on 16 February 2016, the company has revealed through social media.
A brief message coming from the newly created official Alpine Twitter account said, “We wanted to announce our come back nevertheless some would likely say we never left.” The note was accompanied by a short animation with race track footage overlaid with the date ‘16.02.16’. This particular points to the successor to the A110 – likely to be badged A120 – being unveiled within the build-up to the Geneva motor show.
The brand new Alpine will be topped by a hardcore 300bhp type within two years – at which time the company will be also likely to launch an SUV to capitalise on the booming demand for upmarket high-riding cars.
The high-performance type of the brand new sports car will follow around a year after the base design. Hinted at by the Alpine Celebration concept car at Le Mans This particular year, the brand new car will be tipped be called Alpine A120, despite earlier speculation about the AS1 name.
According to reports within the French press, power for both the standard car as well as the more extreme type will be likely to come coming from the same 1.8-litre TCe engine, located in a mid-rear position just in front of the rear wheels as well as linked to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which has been developed for the brand new Renault Talisman.
The engine will be, in fact, said to be based on a modified type of the Clio RS’s 1.6-litre unit, because the item will be lightweight as well as allowed the company to save on the development costs of a bespoke unit.
For the fastest type of the A120, power output will be extended coming from around 250bhp to around 300bhp by more aggressive turbocharging. which should make the item a rival for the Porsche Cayman 3.4 S, which has 320bhp nevertheless, at 1415kg, will be heavier than the Alpine’s expected kerb weight of 1100kg.
The more highly tuned type of the engine will need a heavily remodelled cooling system. Insiders suggest the firm’s designers have taken the opportunity to introduce ducts down the side of the vehicle to improve airflow without disturbingthe front-end aerodynamics. At the same time, the modifications will give the more extreme A120 significantly more dramatic visual presence.
However, the power output of the range-topper will be still significantly below which of faster Caymans. Alpine bosses are said to have settled on a formula of offering a greater emphasis on lightweight construction as well as optimum traction than outright power, because the item provides a better link to the firm’s historical successes with the A110.
Many of the Alpine’s underpinnings are said to be made using advanced aluminium construction techniques. Engineers are rumoured to have been set a 1000kg target when the project began in 2013, nevertheless This particular was deemed achievable only if the firm used carbonfibre bodywork, which was too expensive for production.
The most extreme Alpine will receive additional visual modifications – including front LED lights which has a rally-style cross on them, to evoke memories of the Monte Carlo Rally-winning A110 cars – as well as being engineered for more extreme performance.
Beyond which, external differences coming from the Celebration concept are said to be minimal, beyond the removal of the racing stickers as well as the toning down of additional racing features, such as the exaggerated tow hook as well as single-nut racing wheels.
Spy pictures of the Alpine testing under Lotus Exige bodywork have revealed which the vehicle will have a cutting-edge Indoor, with an Audi TT-style digital dashboard.
Engineers are also said to have focused on providing a driving position optimised for enthusiasts as well as based around the relationship between the location of the bucket seats, pedals as well as steering wheel. Gearshifts will be possible via steering wheel-mounted paddles, with the focus on giving a racing car feel.
Prices are likely to start at around £40,000 for the base car, rising to more than £50,000 for the high-performance A120.
Renault has previously said the brand new design will stick to Alpine’s tradition of modest power output with light weight. The brand new design will be set to weigh around 1100kg.
Alpine Celebration unveiled at 2015 Le Mans 24hr race
the vehicle was present at La Sarthe ostensibly to support the entry of an Alpine-backed contender within the LMP2 category of the endurance classic.
The Alpine Celebration bears strong resemblances to Alpines of old, most notably the A110 Berlinetta which has clearly influenced the brand new car’s scalloped bonnet as well as twin spotlights mounted high on the front bumper. The rear will be more contemporary, although there are clear references to the A110 within the way the shoulder line tapers away beyond the back wheels, not to mention the blue as well as orange paint scheme.
Alpine design boss Antony Villain said, “We envisaged the Alpine Celebration show car as the crowning glory of six decades of Alpine style as well as motor racing. nevertheless we wanted to go even further by reaching out to a much broader audience.”
Renault has not released any mechanical information about the concept beyond confirming its mid-engined format. However, the Celebration will be understood to be the logical offspring of the work started off in 2012 between Alpine as well as Caterham.
which project was dissolved when Renault bought back the British sports car brand’s stake in 2014. At the time, Renault said the item would likely continue using the technology developed by the two firms. The Celebration will be said to use the project’s platform as well as construction principles.
The most recent Alpine concept, 2012’s A110-50, featured the V6 engine coming from a Renault Mégane Trophy race car. However, the item will be understood which the production type of the Celebration will adhere more closely to the A110’s tradition of modest power outputs as well as light weight by featuring a four-cylinder petrol engine driving the rear wheels.
The A110 successor will be seen by senior Renault officials as a crucial way of ‘re-legitimising’ the Alpine name, as well as opening up the potential for a wider range of products.
Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s design boss, said, “The challenge with Alpine will be to somehow fill This particular gap of more than 20 years as well as do a product which will be believable. the vehicle genuinely needs to create the foundation of Alpine. We need to create the 911 of Alpine. If we do which properly, then we can consider cars like the Panamera.”The production Alpine will almost certainly be built within the company’s original factory in Dieppe.
The plant will be still under Renault ownership nevertheless will be used only for modest-volume products. the item currently makes the Renaultsport Clio, as well as recently started off assembling Bluecar electric vehicles for the Bolloré company which also owns the Source London charging network.
Caterham’s Alpine rival
Caterham’s design for its own sports car, known internally as C120, will be believed to have been ready for some time, nevertheless as both cars were due to be launched together the item’s likely This particular contributed to the ending of the partnership.
the item’s understood which the British company will continue to use the tech the item has already developed with Renault for its own car. The company has admitted which there will be some job losses at its Norfolk-based tech centre as a result.
Caterham insiders are also refuting rumours which the firm has acquired beleagured German sports car maker Artega to make use of its mid-engined platform as well as production facilities. Caterham’s finished car will be likely to have around 300bhp available, while Renault’s Alpine will be tipped to have around 250bhp as well as a kerb weight of some 1100kg.
Both cars will have separate bodies as well as interiors, as well as their handling as well as driving characteristics will be tuned differently. Caterham also intends to launch more versions of its car with varying power outputs after the first design goes on sale.
Q&A with Alpine boss Bernard Olliver
Does This particular confirm which a production car will be on the way right now?
“Yes as well as no. Yes because the item’s a sign which we are beginning to get the concept, nevertheless the item’s not finished. Our objective through Alpine Celebration will be to assess. the item will be very difficult for us – we have to relaunch a brand. This particular will be very rare on the market. as well as the item will be very difficult to be sure what kind of expectations customers will have, as well as at the end what kind of profitability we will have.
“For instance, you have seen the Alpine Celebration within the village [where the item will be on display to the public]. If I change the logo as well as I put Renaultsport, or Porsche, or Lotus. will be there a difference of assessment by people? If they are interested. the item will be very important for us. What kind of people? Perhaps if I put Porsche the item’s not the same customer than if the item will be Alpine or Renault Sport. So the item’s quite a survey.
“We think… we have our idea. Our objective will be to validate our idea or to change. My opinion will be which the potential customers are very modern so they are waiting for a modern car, nevertheless of course if you buy an Alpine, you are waiting for a real Alpine.
“A real Alpine means the DNA of Alpine, which will be light, fast as well as fun to drive. So our proposition with Alpine Celebration will be which we think a brand new Alpine should be – firstly, a modern car, which has a modern design as well as modern technology. Secondly – a car which also shows the heritage.”
the item’s a very difficult balance then?
“The design of the vehicle will be very, very important. Probably 80% of the decision to buy a car will be down to the design. So the item’s very, very crucial.
“nevertheless after which, there are additional points, the positioning of the vehicle, performance, comfort as well as of course all the economic topics with the profitability.”
will be there a timeframe to launch the vehicle?
“We would likely prefer to be sure than to be quick. nevertheless also This particular will be not only about France. France will be quite a modest market. Of course, I think about Germany, the UK, Japan etc. as well as This particular car will go to Goodwood within the UK.
“I am very interested because I know British people love cars. The design will be quite close, the item will be not an Italian design. the item will be very interesting for us to measure the feedback coming from Goodwood.”
So you are still deciding on your markets, as well as the technology of the vehicle?
“No. For me there are some topics which are not to be negotiated, because the item will be within the DNA. as well as the DNA of Alpine will be not negotiable. The ratio of lightweight vs power will be not negotiable, the item’s the DNA.”
Has developing the road car been a challenge?
“My challenge will be the market has not waited for us. All the places are taken by carmakers as well as so we have to take our place. For which we need to be very strong on our uniqueness. If we copy Lotus, or Porsche, why will we succeed?
“the item’s possible we will succeed because our car will be different. An Alpine has to be different to a Lotus.”
What can you tell us about the final product?
“If you see our car, you can see This particular car will be useable daily. the vehicle will be elegant, with the French idea of elegance. Simple, fluid, as well as very uncomplicated. the item will be special. So we think these topics are not within the market today. So we have our place.
“There must already be quite a bit of confidence which there will be a market for Alpine. What gives you which?
“I am confident we will be able to find the Great solution. nevertheless today we have not finished solving the remaining issues. For instance, the profitability hot topic. If the profitability will be low the item means we are not sure on the long-term future. the item will be very important for me as well as for the Renault Group to build something for the long-term.”
What customers are you aiming for with Alpine?
“The customers for Alpine cars won’t be the same as for Renault. For instance, even the customer for Renault Sport will be probably young, not very rich, as well as he will be buying a car which will be useable for all the things he has to do.
“For Alpine, the item’s not which. the item will be very passionate people, quite rich, probably the item’s the third or fourth car for them. the item’s a car only for pleasure for the weekend, not to drive a lot, only for pleasure. will be This particular customer going to go to a Renault dealer to buy an Alpine? I’m not sure, because you want to get a very, very dedicated service.”
will be This particular concept close to the final product?
“We will modify This particular concept using feedback coming from today, tomorrow as well as Goodwood. We will modify, we will look for a Great balance. I’m not sure This particular will be for next year – the timing will be dependant on our ability to make the right car.”
Additional reporting by Darren Moss as well as Simon Strang
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