Renault introduced the new Alpine A120 yesterday. Renault has been careful not to release too much information about the new car which has cause a lot of speculation. This is another of those “back to the future” cars like the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro. The new Alpine clearly draws on the design features of the iconic Alpine A110.
Introduction Of The New Alpine A120
There are still a lot of question marks about the Alpine A120. The engine is speculated to be a 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre turbo gasoline engine (or 2.0 liters) similar to the Clio RS (220 horsepower), but is expected to be around 300 horsepower. The engine is expected to be installed in the rear central position. The overall weight is thought to be in the 2,500 to 2,700 pound range. With that power to weight ratio the performance is expected to be quite lively.
Is That An Engine In The Back Seat?
It is expected that the base price will be set between 45 000 and 60 000 Euros, which would make it similar to the Macan Porsche, Alfa Romeo 4C, or a Lotus. I have also seen some speculation that the price could be in the 35,000 Euros range, but that seems low to me.
Serious Seats And Belts In The Alpine Interior
The picture of the interior of the Alpine shows a rather simple, but functional interior layout. The seats have excellent side support and the seat belts will hold you in place.
The picture below shows an Alpine A110 which clearly serves as the inspiration for the new Alpine A120.
The Original, The Alpine A110
There also was a gathering of Renault Alpines at the harbor in Monte Carlo at the same time the new Alpine was being introduced.
A New Alpine At The Monte Carlo Harbor
More details of the new Renault Alpine A120 will be coming soon and I will have additional information as it becomes available. For those of us in the United States and Canada, we also have to wonder if Renault will find a way to sell the Alpine in North America. There are no Renault dealers in North America, but Renault has a strong alliance with Nissan that could be used to sell, warranty, and maintain the Alpine.
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