The French automaker has been long planning the reintroduction of its sports car division Alpine and now a Renault executive has offered some industrial details concerning the marquee.
Renault introduced back in 2012 at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix the Alpine A110-50 concept car, powered by 400-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine, sitting in the mid-rear position – the dream of sports aficionados and mono-brand competition fans. We now have the production details of the upcoming Alpine car, courtesy of Alpine head Bernard Ollivier. “In terms of scale, on average [annual production] volume will be about 3,000 cars, with a peak of 5,000 initially due to the novelty factor,” commented the executive for Reuters. The Alpine boss, which talked to reporters on the sidelines of an auto festival in Paris, added that Renault plans to introduce the sporty brand sometimes before the end of 2016, with Alpine models being sold not only in Europe, but in other key emerging market economies by 2017. A spokesperson talking to Automotive News Europe added the Alpine program is “on schedule,” with Renault “on track to deliver the model to customers in about two years.”
Alpine-badged cars ceased production back in 1995 and the new sports car retains the usual recipe for handling and agility of having the engine mid to rear-mounted, with production plans being developed at Renault’s factory in Dieppe, northern France. The sporty brand is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary and the French marked the occasion with the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, a completely virtual racing car that will be featured prominently in the Gran Turismo 6 video game.
Via Automotive News Europe