Renault has staged the world premiere of the Alpine Celebration concept today at Le Mans.
As the name suggest, it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Alpine and serves as a sneak preview of next year's road-going sports car. The design represents a throwback to the classic A110 Berlinetta but with a modern twist and comes with a familiar double headlight arrangement along with a sloped roofline creating a curvaceous silhouette.
The concept is actually a successor to the 2012 A110-50 concept and has an alloy wheel design reminiscent of the A110 and A310 of the 70s while behind the retro-flavored rims are beefy brakes with orange calipers. Moving at the back, there is a fixed wing and a dual exhaust setup flanking a prominent diffuser which incorporates an F1-like fog light.
It wears the well-known blue & orange body paint scheme and adopts a mid-engined layout, but unfortunately Renault isn't saying a word about what powers the concept. It likely has a 1.6-liter turbo from the Clio RS or a beefier 2.0-liter turbo from the Megane RS paired probably to a dual-clutch gearbox, but hopefully the production car will offer a manual transmission.
Tentatively called AS1 (Alpine Sport 1), the production version is expected to tip the scales at around 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) and will obviously adopt a rear-wheel drive layout. It will be shown at a major event next year, possibly in March at the Geneva Motor Show.