Instead of reviving the legendary Alpine moniker, Renaultsport will reportedly become a stand-alone brand with exclusive models.

Instead of reviving the legendary Alpine moniker, Renaultsport will reportedly become a stand-alone brand with exclusive models.

Speaking with AutoCar, Renault's product manager Beatrice Fouche said, "Renaultsport is key to Renault's strategy. It already has excellent loyalty and is perceived by some owners as a brand in its own right, and we can develop that further." She added, "We will continue working on derivative versions of the Mégane, for example, because that's a terrific car and excellent for us. But we also need specific models only for Renaultsport. We have started working on that; we're thinking of small volumes, where there are good business models."

While nothing is official, the Renaultsport lineup is expected to consist of two or three vehicles. The first model will reportedly be a DeZir convertible which is based on the concept that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It will likely be powered by a Clio-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that develops 201 PS (148 kW / 198 hp) and 215 Nm (159 lb-ft) of torque. Furthermore, pricing is expected to start at roughly £30,000 ($48,470 / €34,460).

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