We earlier reported that Renault's revival of the Alpine name would take four years. But Stephen Norman, head of marketing for Renault, says to expect the first new Alpine sometime before the end of 2015.

Norman also tells Autocar that the Alpine jointly developed with Caterham "won't be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5." He went on to say we should expect a competitor for the Porsche Boxster and high-performance Audi TTS. "You can't betray the DNA of Alpine," Norman says. "That's a third of what the car will be."

But the executive also says its DNA is certainly French, "It must be light and look different, and have a touch of French Dash. It's not a car for dandies, though." Norman says the target buyer is either French or a Francophile.

The French-styled, Miata-like, Boxter competitor is expected to have a price tag around £50,000 and is predicted to have a 250-horsepower Renault engine.



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      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do not know why some people think that because a car has poor quality 20 years ago it still have poor quality today, things and time have change with car companies all over improving all around the world, I want to remind people that the formula one racing renault was noted in 2005 and 2006 was not the fastest but the most reliable racing car, renault built the engine and the car, fernando alonso drove it for two years won two world title beating other favorites such as ferrari, benz/mc laren. Renault has also supplied engines to other teams, including Team Lotus (1983–1987), Benetton Formula (1995–1997) and Williams F1 (1989–1997). As an engine supplier, Renault has contributed to eight drivers' world championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2010, 2011 and 2012 won by Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Sebastian Vettel respectively) and nine constructors' world championships (1992–1997 and 2010–2012) as engine supplier for Benetton Formula, Williams F1 and Red Bull Racing. The engine supply has continued although renault will not race car for themselves. Renault know how to build racing cars so stop be nagetive., and they have proving it time and time over.
      goatcars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do we all remember Le Car ???? The good news for Renault is, it can't POSSIBLY be any worse than that debacle!!!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep it around 2500 lbs and a small turbo motor, and it will be a blast.
      dbdispatch
      • 2 Years Ago
      $60K for 250hp? this doesnt add up!
        vlady1000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dbdispatch
        It said 50,000 pounds, which equals $81,500 USA at today's rate. The reason it is so high is Caterham (the car in the background) is involved. Lotus sold the "Lotus Super 7" (a club racer car Colin Chaplin, founder of lotus, develope in the late 50's) rights to Caterham many, many years ago and they still make the cars today. Caterham is high tech and makes very light weight cars, thus the higher prices. 250hp in one of their cars will make it move. A Caterham 7 R500 will do 0-60 in under 3 sec.with a smaller 4 cylinder and it is about as close to a race car as you can get legal on the road. They are really something. That is the car you see in the background. This new model probably will not be imported to the USA for sometime, if ever (crash, emition, etc regulations). Buy Caterham gets around that by importing car "Kits", you or the dealer has to put it together after it gets here.
      GeeDavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lest we forget that without the French we would all be eating crumpets and biscuits and sending our taxes overseas each 31 Oct.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GeeDavy
        Yeah things are much better now aren't they?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      soopershrink
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every time that anyone brings out a new sports car, it seems to only re-ceretify what a great car the Miata is. In this case, more than twice the car @ less than half the $ and that's even before they bring this one into production.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no Francophile, and I'm definitely not French. But I for one, would welcome another lightweight sports car into the world with open arms!
      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...unless the project will be scratched in the light of continuing demise of French automakers.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sceptical that these products will live up to the Alpine name. The original Alpine is the bomb diggidy.
      dondonel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alpine A110 was a superlight car, weighing about 1500 lb. Even with a 140hp engine it pulled like a present day Corvette - and this was in the late 60s. I hope they won't compromise this formula.
        vlady1000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        I love light cars, the ONLY thing I dislike about my Vette. But a modern BASE Vette (with fuel and driver) has a 8lbs/hp ration compared to your 12.3lbs/hp, not to mention enigine torque. To make the race fair, pull two spark plug wires on the Vette. If a Z-06 or ZR-1, better pull 4 wires off (and cut the supercharger belt on the ZR-1).
        audisp0rta4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        Maybe the present day Corvette you drove needed an alignment...because there's no reason why it should pull like an old Alpine from the '60s.
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