In the ‘60s and ‘70s Alpine was making some of the best rally cars out there. The company was later bought by Renault and their last model was the A610 which was last made in ‘95. Since then there have been quite a few rumors about a resurrection but nothing came to fruition. A few years back Renault and Caterham joined forces to restart the Alpine brand. However, the deal fell through so Renault started working without any outside help on the Alpine brand. Well, in 2015 they release a mid-engine sports car which was later updated with the Alpine Vision concept back in the early 2016. Since then we have seen quite a few prototypes of the car and it seems that even the 2016 concept was pretty much 80% ready for production.
Release date and Price for Renault Alpine 2017
The upcoming 2017 Renault Alpine is expected to be released at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show as a car ready for production. Alpine started the pre-orders for the new model ever since the mid of 2016 but only for the special edition version. This is going to be available in 1955 units which also happens to be the year when Alpine’s first car was released.
The price is still unknown at this point but most rumors suggest a €55,000 to €60,000 base price for the 1955 model. This is pretty much in line with Porsche’s 718 Cayman which also happens to be the benchmark of this class. The upcoming base car is expected to cost closer to €50,000 which is still substantial for this type of vehicle.
2017 Renault Alpine Design
Even though the car released back in 2015 was just a concept, it seems that the 2017 Renault Alpine will be mostly identical to it. In the front it will feature the same headlights’ configuration that was originally used on the A110.
The proportions make it quite close in appearance to the original A110 with the same short hood and center-mounted cabin. The rear features a wraparound glass and curvy style that makes us think about most 60s cars. It still is unclear if the production model will feature a center mounted exhaust, especially now when dual-exhausts cars have already been spied testing.
Here the Alpine will feature just two seats and a rather minimalist styling. Renault said this since the first prototype of the car was first shown. Expect Renault’s well known infotainment center as well as a fully digital instrument cluster. Considering the price the 2017 Renault Alpine may also feature carbon fiber inserts and either leather or Alcantara upholstery.
2017 Renault Alpine Video
The powertrain and running gear
Even though Renault didn’t work with Caterham, they did work with Lotus for the upcoming Alpine. In fact the development mules for the Alpine were all based on the Exige which is rather surprising. Because of that we expect a nearly perfect chassis which is usually the case with cars based on any Lotus chassis. It still is unclear what engine the Alpine is going to feature.
Renault said that it will be a four cylinder unit while most rumors suggest a new generation 1.8 liter petrol. This is expected to make around 250 horsepower which should be enough for a 0 to 62 MPH time of less than 4.5 seconds. The Alpine will feature a modified version of Renault’s dual-clutch but a manual is still a real possibility.
Rear wheel drive will definitely be standard and the car may even receive a limited slip differential in its base trim level. Coupling all of these with the great mid-engine balance and the car should be one of the best driving sports cars to be released in the past few years. Our only concern at this point is the competition which is comprised of cars like the Cayman or Alfa’s 4C.
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