Renault will launch sales of a new Alpine sports car in 2017, reviving the mothballed nameplate in a bid to add racing flair to the automaker’s lineup.
The coupe will be able to accelerate to 100kph (62mph) in 4.5 seconds, about as quickly as a Porsche 911 Carrera. It will rival cars such as the Audi TT and Porsche Cayman and will replace the Espace minivan as Renault’s most expensive car when it hits showrooms in Europe. Like earlier Alpines, the new car will employ a rear-wheel-drive architecture that keeps weight to a minimum. It will be powered by a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Renault did not specify horsepower or capacity. Reports said the car likely will have a 250-hp, 1.8-liter powerplant. more...
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