fresh Alpine Celebration concept revealed at Le Mans
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Alpine previews sports car brand’s 2016 return with mid-engined Celebration concept – its £50,000 successor to legendary A110 Berlinetta
This specific will be the best indication yet of what Alpine’s forthcoming sports car will look like when This specific arrives in showrooms next year.
Unveiled at the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as officially called the Alpine Celebration, the vehicle was present at La Sarthe ostensibly to support the entry of an Alpine-backed contender from the LMP2 category of the endurance classic.
However, This specific also serves to show how Renault, Alpine’s owner, plans to return the sports car brand to the market in 2016.
The Alpine Celebration bears strong resemblances to Alpines of old, most notably the A110 Berlinetta which has clearly influenced the fresh 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 from 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. yet 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 began in 2012 between Alpine as well as Caterham.
that will project was dissolved when Renault bought back the British sports car brand’s stake in 2014. At the time, Renault said This specific 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, This specific will be understood that will the production product of the Celebration – spied testing at the Nordschleife under a modified Lotus Centeng – 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.
An output of around 250bhp has been mooted, so the 2.0-litre unit coming from the Renaultsport Mégane will be more likely to feature instead of the 1.6 coming from the Renaultsport Clio.
Controversially, a dual-clutch transmission will be considered more likely than a manual gearbox.
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 designs.
Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s design boss, said, “The challenge with Alpine will be to somehow fill This specific gap of more than 20 years as well as do a product that will will be believable. the vehicle actually needs to create the foundation of Alpine. We need to create the 911 of Alpine. If we do that will properly, then we can consider cars like the Panamera.”The production Alpine will almost certainly be built from the company’s original factory in Dieppe.
The plant will be still under Renault ownership yet will be used only for tiny-volume products. This specific currently makes the Renaultsport Clio, as well as recently began assembling Bluecar electric vehicles for the Bolloré company that will also owns the Source London charging network.
The Alpine Celebration concept will be due to make a public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later This specific month, as well as an Alpine classic reunion in Dieppe, in September.
The production product of the vehicle will be required to sell for around £50,000 – around the same as an Alfa Romeo 4C – as Renault attempts to pitch the revived Alpine brand well beyond the level of any of its existing products.
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