Renault is in the process of relaunching the Alpine sports car. It is a relaunch that has been a long time in the making. As far back as October 2007 there were plans floating around by Renault’s head of marketing Patrick Blain. Launch was supposed to take place in 2010, but issues with the global economy have delayed the car’s debut.
But the wait is over. Earlier this week Renault announced that the Alpine would be debuting tomorrow, but after some leaks it has released images of the car early. Renault has a lot of expertise in Formula One, winning championships, but it hasn’t translated any of that to the street.
Alpine is a way to do that, being launched just ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco. Renault’s Chief Operating Officer Carlos Taveres says that the car will make 400 horsepower, take a lap at Monaco and could be “on the road in the future.” Surely they didn’t put us through all of this just to release a concept, did they? We don’t think so. This car may be in concept form but we’re sure a production version is on its way at some point down the road.
The grainy images show the rear of the Alpine for the first time. Rather than a rallying-focused lightweight like the original, the new Alpine goes for a hunkered down supercar look. Alpine shares a lot with the electric DeZir Concept that came before it. What it does retain from the original is its mid-engined power. Given that the official release isn’t out yet, we aren’t sure what powers the new Alpine. There have been varying reports; some it will be electric, others a hybrid, while others still saying Nissan’s 3.5-liter VQ V-6 will provide motivation. If we had to guess it would be Nissan’s V-6, but time will tell. In the meantime, check out the Alpine below. Tomorrow all the full details will be available.