Monday 16th January 2017
Renault’s upcoming mid-engined sports car looks on course to debut in Geneva as Alpine is confirmed as an exhibitor
Renault's Alpine A120 looks on course to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show this March, as Alpine has been confirmed as an exhibitor for the event (see image below).
While no official reveal date for the production A120 has been confirmed, the slot at one of Europe's most important motoring events suggests the sports model will be shown there before sales kick off later in the year.
Alpine’s site revealed that a special Premier Edition car will be made in 1955 units, available in 12 European countries first, before being extended to the UK and Japan some months later. Alpine said that further countries will be added after this initial 14.
Autocar understands the engine will be a 1.8-litre unit derived from the turbocharged 1.6-litre used in the Renault Clio RS, although this is also yet to be confirmed. 250bhp is expected, but a 300bhp performance variant is also on the cards, as is a convertible. What we do know is that the car reaches 62mph from a standstill in 4.5sec.
A deposit of €2000 (around £1700) secures one of the first cars, and prospective buyers will need a bespoke Alpine app to choose their car.
The Alpine was leaked onto the internet late last year via video in camouflaged form shortly after spy photographers spotted it testing in public. The car's design appears to have stayed true to the design of the concept that was revealed one year ago.
Three cars are shown in the video, each with different wheels, suggesting more than one variant will be offered. The car will also be offered in three colours: black, white and blue.
Alpine’s inaugural car is being expected to take the A120 name in homage to the high-performance Alpine A110 model of the 1960s and 1970s, although this is yet to be confirmed.
What is clear to see from the video on the Alpine site is that the cars use rear-wheel drive, and have a vent on the rear hatch beneath the rear glass; confirming that the car will be mid-engined.
The video’s finishing tag line “Alpine is back!”, as well as the video’s uploader as Alpine rather than Renault, show that the cars will be produced under a separate brand than badged Renault.
Following the launch of the Alpine sports car, it's expected that the brand will launch further models, including a Porsche Macan-rivalling SUV. The site says that the car will be priced between €55,000 and €60,000 (between £46,750 and £51,000), so the A120 will be a direct rival to the Porsche Cayman.
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