Although the French carmaker Alpine wasn’t officially bought in by the Renault until 1973, the collaboration between the two companies began in 1955 with the production of Alpines first model, the A106, which was based on the Renault 4CV mechanicals. It was a rear engine two-door coupe and its body was made out of fiberglass which, back in the days, made it one of the lighter models on the market. The last produced Alpine was the Alpine GTA, which was introduced back in 1984, and after the facelift in 1991, renamed A610. It was the first model to be manufactured since Renault formally bought Alpine. In 1995, the company decided to end this models production due to the fact that it wasn’t, to put it mildly, a bestseller. Nowadays, Renault is making big plans for Alpine, revealing its strategy to use the Alpine badge for premium, upscale Renault models that should be able to stand face to face with pricier manufacturers such as Porsche and Audi.
2017 Renault Alpine Review
The production model of the new 2017 Renault Alpine is not out yet, but based on the concept car, revealed at the La Mans 24 Hour race in June 2015, the idea for designing the exterior came from the famous Alpine 110, better known as the Berlinette. The production of this model ended in 1977, and there it is, 40 years later, almost the same scalloped hood and two pairs of headlights mounted high on the front bumper. They even used the same shade of cobalt blue the Berlinette was painted in. The new 2017 Renault Alpine will be a lot bigger than the A110, in the same range as its most important competitors, like the Porsche Cayman and the Lotus Elite. Interior wise, there is virtually no information whatsoever about what it may look like, but top notch materials and infotainment system are to be expected.
2017 Renault Alpine Engine
The engine hidden beneath the hood of the 2017 Renault Alpine should be a newly developed turbocharged 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 246 HP. There will probably be more options to choose from, since it has been speculated that the most powerful version of the new Alpine could output around 300 HP. The company is also making plans to conquest the global market, so we can expect to see the right hand drive vehicles, too.
There is no information, considering the price of the new 2017 Renault Alpine, but it is safe to say the base model will start at around $40,000.