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Caterham 'C120': Cancelled sibling of new Alpine 'A120' revealed

The Caterham 'C120' coupe, the cancelled sibling of the upcoming Alpine 'A120', has been unveiled by the design consultancy involved in its development. The Caterham coupe, codenamed C120, was unveiled late last week by Drive Design, the British firm that helped to shape it...

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2017 Alpine coupe will be powered by 1.8-litre turbo - report
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2017 Alpine coupe will be powered by 1.8-litre turbo - report

The new Alpine coupe, possibly badged as the A120, will reportedly be powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine. Sources have told Autocar that the new coupe will be powered by a stroked version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in the Clio RS. For the Alpine, the motor's capacity will be increased to 1.8 litres...


Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch
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Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch

Renault Australia remains hot on the prospect of bringing the reborn Alpine brand to our market as soon as 2017, taking its sporting credentials up another notch. Company managing director Justin Hocevar told us last week at a local preview drive of the new Megane that the Alpine sub-brand would bring a welcome “hero association” to Renault’s fast-growing local operations...


Mercedes-AMG chief denies Alpine engine deal
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Mercedes-AMG chief denies Alpine engine deal

Recently a rumour surfaced recently that Mercedes-AMG was in the running to provide the engines for an expanded range of Alpine sports cars. It isn't true, according to Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers. The premise was simple – the revived French brand, Alpine, which is under the control of Renault, would take advantage of an existing agreement between the French and German brands in order to get engines from over the border...


Alpine range could use Mercedes-AMG engines in the future
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Alpine range could use Mercedes-AMG engines in the future

Future models from French sports car maker Alpine could be powered by engines supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The revived brand is expected to launch a small coupe, possibly named the A120, by the end of 2016. Based on the Vision concept, The A120, or whatever it will be called, will feature rear-wheel drive and a mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine...


Alpine Vision concept unveiled
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Alpine Vision concept unveiled

Renault’s reborn sports car subsidiary Alpine has confirmed it will reveal its mid-engined, lightweight, turbocharged sports coupe before the end of 2016, with European sales to commence from April next year and the rest of the globe to swiftly follow...


Alpine "A120" interior image leaked
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Alpine "A120" interior image leaked

An image purported to be a leaked marketing shot of the new Alpine A120 sports coupe's interior has surfaced online today. The photo above was first published by Auto Moto, and the French website claims that the alloy paddles behind the steering wheel prove that the new Alpine coupe will feature a dual-clutch transmission...


Renault Sport restructured, massive R&D and sales increase planned
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Renault Sport restructured, massive R&D and sales increase planned

Groupe Renault has separated its Renault Sport Technologies performance arm into distinct road and motorsport divisions. Chairman Carlos Ghosn revealed Renault’s plans overnight at the Technocentre in Guyancourt. The result: Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars...


Alpine sports car to be revealed in February
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Alpine sports car to be revealed in February

February is likely to see Renault’s reborn Alpine marque unveil its first new model in decades, if a new Twitter post is anything to go by. Posted on New Year’s Eve, the tweet mysteriously suggested that something special will occur on February 16. “We wanted to announce our come back but some would say we never left,” the sports brand posted...


Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US
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Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US

Renault’s Alpine sports car sub-brand could eventually offer a range of models, including an SUV, and spearhead the Renault Group’s return to the US market. A decision on the make-up of the revamped standalone brand will be decided in early 2016...


Alpine coupe for Australia in 2017, more details
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Alpine coupe for Australia in 2017, more details

Alpine, the iconic French sports car and motorsport brand revitalised under the stewardship of Renault, will make a bold entrance to the Australian market in 2017. The first of the new Alpine (pronounced Al-Peen) cars will be a two-door coupe that embodies the brand tenets of lightness — around 1000kg — compact dimensions, feminine “French elegance” as well as a focus on everyday drivability and a reasonable price-tag, which the company stubbornly refuses to be drawn on any further...


First new Alpine in 20 years has to be "perfect", or there won't be a second
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First new Alpine in 20 years has to be "perfect", or there won't be a second

“There will be no other car if my first car is not a success” — Alpine CEO Bernard Ollivier. Reborn French sportscar brand Alpine is putting rumours of a range expansion into the crossover space and dreams of further conquest on hiatus, and is instead saying the only consideration for now is getting its first new road-going model in 20 years absolutely perfect...


Renault Australia considering online sales for new Alpine sports brand
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Renault Australia considering online sales for new Alpine sports brand

Renault Australia is considering using the 2017 Alpine lightweight coupe as the catalyst for testing an online sales model, as it seeks to make forays into e-commerce. For those not across it, Alpine is a 60-year old French sports car brand with a rabid following in its home market, and a decorated road and race history...


Alpine Celebration concept car revealed at Le Mans
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Alpine Celebration concept car revealed at Le Mans

The revival of the Alpine brand continues, and the revamped French company has uncovered a new concept car to "commemorate 60 years of sporting passion": that car is the Alpine Celebration show car. The new concept model has been "specially prepared for Le Mans", with the new Alpine model due to make its motoring debut at the French circuit ahead of the 24-hour race this weekend...


Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car
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Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car

Renault has unveiled the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, which not only celebrates the brand's 60th anniversary, but also bares some hallmarks of the upcoming Alpine production car. According to the car's designer, Victor Sfiazof, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo has a front end that's inspired by the A110 (bottom image, foreground), which is arguably Alpine's most famous model to date...


Willys AW 380 Berlinetta unveiled: Alpine A108-style body hides Porsche mechanicals
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Willys AW 380 Berlinetta unveiled: Alpine A108-style body hides Porsche mechanicals

The Willys AW 380 Berlinetta has made its debut at the Bologna motor show and will go into production from early 2015. A collaboration between two Italian companies, Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti, the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta has a body that's been patterned on the mid-1960s Willys Interlagos...


Renault readies Alpine : sports car confirmed for Australia with $60K-plus price tag
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Renault readies Alpine : sports car confirmed for Australia with $60K-plus price tag

The revived Alpine under the guidance of Renault is nearing reality, with the exterior and interior design signed off, engines in place and Australian importation confirmed for the production model due in 2016. In a Paris motor show interview with CarAdvice, Alpine CEO Bernard Ollivier described the positioning of the Alpine as “somewhere between a Porsche Cayman and an Alfa 4C...


Renault buys Caterham's stake in Alpine sports car partnership
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Renault buys Caterham's stake in Alpine sports car partnership

French car brand Renault has taken over Caterham's stake in the joint-venture sports car project Alpine. The Alpine project was previously a 50:50 partnership between the French manufacturer and the British sports car specialist, though troubles with the design and styling of the joint-venture models that were set to be spawned as a result of the tie-up appear to have caused the partnership to be dissolved...


Renault, Caterham sports cars project to be canned, claims report
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Renault, Caterham sports cars project to be canned, claims report

The partnership between Renault and Caterham to co-develop and produce a pair of affordable sports cars could reportedly be wound up before the cars even hit the road, according to a UK report. Autocar claims the French-British joint venture that was announced less than 18 months ago will be cancelled, despite the fruits of the project – two lightweight, two-seat sports cars from Caterham and reborn French division Alpine – still being more than 24 months away from their planned launch date...


Alpine's first sports car will be the brand's 911, says designer
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Alpine's first sports car will be the brand's 911, says designer

The first new-generation Alpine sports car due in 2016 will be to the reborn French performance brand what the 911 is to Porsche, according to its designer. The man responsible for developing Alpine’s 21st century design language, Renault corporate design senior vice president Laurens van den Acker, said he has looked to the past for inspiration for its cars of the future...