Renault is still planning on introducing an Alpine sports car in the near future and rumor has it that this might go into production in late 2016.
After officially unveiling the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, aimed for the popular video game, the French based automaker is now turning its head towards the production of a true Alpine sports car. According to the guys from Automotive News Europe, who have recently spoken to Bernard Ollivier, the Alpine boss, the company is going to put the Alpine sports car into production in late 2016, being followed by a launch in Europe shortly after and an introduction into emerging markets sometimes in 2017.
Considering the fact that Renault has bought Caterham’s stake in the joint venture last year, rumor has it that the company will be co-developing the Alpine model with the British brand. The company is currently keeping details on the final production version of the sports car into the shadows for the moment but initial reports were indicating that this will be weighing in at about 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) and it should be packing a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine under its hood, which is said to be producing as much as 300 HP (224 kW). Renault is looking to sell about 5,000 units of the Alpine model annually, once it will be launched, and the number will eventually drop to 3,000 units. More details on the subject are limited at this time but we expect another concept car to preview it at an upcoming international automotive event.