Renault COO Carlos Tavares has revealed some new details about the upcoming Alpine sports car. See what he had to say about the model inside
Renault COO Carlos Tavares has revealed some new details about the upcoming Alpine sports car.
Speaking to Autocar, Tavares said the model will compete in the new 'sub-supercar' segment with the Alfa Romeo 4C. The executive also said the model will appeal to younger drivers and well-heeled enthusiasts.
The car's styling is 70 percent complete and incorporates a number of retro touches including an "arrowhead nose", side scoops and four round headlights. Despite the old school styling, designers are trying to keep the car modern by giving it dynamic proportions.
Speculation suggests the car could be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops approximately 280 bhp (209 kW). It could be connected to a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch EDC automatic.
Little else is known about the model but it will reportedly ride on a spaceframe chassis that is constructed out of steel, aluminum and composites. This could enable the car to tip the scales at roughly 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs).
The Alpine A110 successor is expected to be launched in 2016 and cost approximately £50,000. Only a "few thousand" are slated to be built annually.