To celebrate the launch of the Alpine Berlinette, a multi-race winning rally car from the 1970s, Renault has introduced its own homage to the sports car.
The two-seat Renault Alpine launched this week is radically different to Alpine cars of the past. With a look towards the future, the car uses styling lifted from the Renault DeZir supercar concept introduced in 2010.
This means an elongated grille, enlarged Renault badge and sweeping, curvaceous body. The car also uses more futuristic materials including carbon-fibre bodywork and scissor doors.
Although a concept car, the 21″ wheels are fitted with road-worthy Michelin tyres and the dampers can be adjusted to suit driving style.
However, the stripped-back feel of the car means it does not feature driver aids such as ABS and traction control to give the driver a more hands-on experience.
This is helped by the use of a 3.5-litre, V6 engine developing 400hp and matched to a semi-automatic six-speed sequential gearbox.
Renault has used a traditional Alpine blue for the body colour and inside Alpine badging, racing seat belts and sports seats are included.
“Developing this concept car was a great adventure. It was a catalyst for creativity. We wanted to make a Berlinette that was of our time, and which boldly embodies Renault’s passion for motorsport. We were guided by our hearts and emotions.” Axel Breun, Concept and Show Car Director.
Despite creating the new Renault Alpine, the car is not expected to go into production. However, if media and customer feedback is good, Renault could change its mind.
The Renault Alpine would be the first new Alpine car since Renault announced it had bought the rights to use the name early this century.
Standard Renault cars are available to buy now from Renault UK dealerships.