Renault has decided to solve many doubts regarding Alpine all at once. It has created a Twitter account for Alpine Cars, what shows it will be “independent” from Renault, selling its cars with its own brand, and released the following text, both in English and French: “We wanted to announce our come back but some would say we never left.” Alpine has already released the video below through Twitter. Autocar has solved the last one: the name of the first Alpine since 1995, when the last A610 rolled out of the assembly line in Dieppe. It will be named A120, according to the British magazine. Check the first video of Alpine Cars below:
It brings us the exact date in which the new sports car will be presented: February 16, 2016, or days before the Geneva Motor Show, in which the first public presentation of the new Alpine must occur. And nothing more. It may not be necessary, considering all we already know about the future car.
The A120 will be powered by a 220 kW 1.8 TCe petrol engine, probably derived from the 1.6 TCe used by the Clio RS. The engine will be placed behind the front seats, which will be the only ones in the two-seater. In other words, it will be mid-rear positioned. The transmission will be the same 7-speed automated dual clutch transmission used by the Renault Talisman and the car will be a rear-wheel drive machine. Weight, as in all Alpine models, will be very low, around 1,100 kg. The former goal was to have a 1,000 kg car, but it would only be possible with the use of carbon fiber, what would make the new Alpine very expensive.
As for the looks, the car will be very similar to the Celebration Concept that was shown at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. The same one you can see in these pictures. Prices are expected to start at 54,000 euros for the base model and to top 70,000 euros. Depending on what Alpine is able to deliver, this may become a bargain among sports cars.