• Sep 21, 2010
Autocar reports that the suits at Renault are keeping the dream of a true successor to the Alpine alive and well. The pub quotes Laurens van den Acker, the new vice-president of corporate design for Renault, as saying that he believes there's room for an affordable sports car in the company's lineup. There have been several attempts to re-fire the Alpine furnace over the past few years, but each have been cancelled due to various reasons. The 2006 Nepta Concept, pictured above, was one such stillborn attempt.

But Autocar says that a new take on an Alpine is back on the table and that the newest project takes plenty of cues from the A110 Berlinette. The fiberglass-bodied coupe helped make the Alpine name famous with its various rally escapades in the early '70s.

As promising as all of this sounds, van den Acker admits that it's going to be an uphill battle to make a strong enough business case for a low-buck sports car to make anyone else at his company take notice. Still, hoping never hurts, no matter how many times we've been hurt in the past.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very impressive. But the rear view mirrors, like overhanging street lights, will fall victim to the first mongo that bumps into them in a parking lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am excited about this car.

      Why?
      Because while Renault might never come back to the US, the fact that they might develop a platform for a small/cheap sporty car, means that Nissan could very well get a version of it that could be sold in the USDM.

      Nissan has had a few concept cars (including the Urge) that were small and cheap - an Alpine platform could possibly underpin just such a car. As the Z get more and more expensive and powerful, I think Nissan would like to fill in the gap with an affordable sporty car.

      http://wallpapers-diq.net/wallpapers/17/Nissan_Urge_Concept_Car.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      The suckiest part of Chrysler's buyout of AMC was that it killed the importation of the A610.

      *sigh*
      • 4 Years Ago
      With Gordini, this would be awesome. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      They interior of this car is sweet! Not as beautiful as the 2uettos but nice anyway.

      http://www.french-concept-cars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Renault-Nepta-Concept-Interior.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they make it cause it's a beautiful and very different design.
      Not sure if it takes cues from yesteryear's, but it sure looks different now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks very "French/Renault" for a lack of a better description!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps the least weird of recent Renault designs, except for the baloney slicer mirrors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty interesting in light of all the talk of cheaper roadsters coming from here an there to be ready to duke it out mid-decade.

      I wonder if nissan will get their own variant.

      I find it kind of pleasant. My days for such cars are probably past and probably even more so in another half decade. But it would be kind of fun to have a competitive reasonably priced roadster market.
      Somewhat like short skirts - a pleasant sign of optimistic times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I read the headline and thought, "Cool, Sunbeam must have been revived", and then I scrolled down to see the Renault emblem, and realized the gravity of my error.
      My first car was a U.S. 30.00 Renault Caravelle S which reminded me of my high school science teachers Alpine (Sunbeam), so I've alway liked them both, but never had a Renault Alpine or even drove one, but that concept sure is nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're going to pick one to reference, I'd rather it be the A610.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL! why???? the A610 is the worst of them all. the A110 was the true, only real Alpine....and should definitely be the foundation for any future Alpines......however it's not gonna happen.... this is merely speculative thinking