Renault Alpine to Debut by 2015
The Renault Alpine has been popular among car fanatics for its sleek design and astonishing speed. However, ever since it stopped being produced in 1991, the car world was left with a void unable to be filled with any other vehicle. Hearing the plight of car fans all around the world, it looks like Peugeot and Citroen are getting ready to release a brand new version of the car by 2015. While details may be sparse, here’s what we know.
Renault’s Marketing head, Stephan Norman, confirmed last week that the company will be making the car within the next four years. Speaking with Autocar, he said that “It won’t be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5. What we will do will not be soft, but not hardcore, like a Peugeot 106 Rallye. You can’t betray the DNA of Alpine. That’s a third of what the car will be.”
He suggested that the car will be more French than German. “It must be light and look different, and have a touch of French dash. It’s not a car for dandies, though. We know who the buyer is: he’s either French or a Francophile. And the car has technical innovation as part of its DNA.”
Initial reports suggest that an all-new engine producing around 250bhp will power the car. The company hopes to emphasize, but also modernize, the roots of the Alpine French style, utilizing a sense of nostalgia to capture the market once more.
Set to go head to head with rivals like the Porsche Boxter and Audi TT, the car will likely be priced less than £50,000, but different customizable features will exceed this limit.
While the company has all their work still ahead of them, it looks like the model will be as big a hit as the original. Let’s hope it comes out before 2015, we’re certainly eager to get our hands on it!