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They say 80% of the concept is the real thing we will see on the road. It will be the first new Alpine since they stopped production in 1993
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When I first read about the return of the Alpine I thought they were talking about a BMW tuner version (but that's Alpina), it wasn't until I read more and learned that the Alpine was a separate brand that was acquired and is being resurrected by Renault.


Good looking car, though it does seem to be a compilation of the Alpine A110, Porsche 718 and the Audi TTs profile, and the rear tail lights remind me of Audi a lot.
 

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First it was Alpine, then when Renault bought it (think it was the late 1950s early 1960s) it became Alpine-Renault, some years later it became Renault-Alpine and by the time the last production car left they factory in 1993 they where already marketing it as a seperate brand Alpine for many years.
 

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Specs of the new S version:

Fuel type ....................... Petrol
Engine type ................... 1.8L 4cyl. 16v turbocharged
Maximum power ............ 292PS @ 6400rpm
Maximum torque ........... 320Nm from 2000rpm to 6400rpm
Architecture .................. mid-engined, rear-wheel drive
Gearbox type ................ 7-speed DCT, wet clutch
Unladen weight (DIN) .... 1114kg
Power to weight ratio ..... 3.8kg/PS (262PS/tonne)
Dimensions .................. 4180/1798/1248mm (length/width/height)
Wheelbase ................... 2419mm
Track width front .......... 1556mm
Track width rear ........... 1553mm
Chassis ....................... double wishbones front and rear
Brakes front ................ 4 piston fixed caliper, 320mm discs
Brakes rear ...........,..... single piston floating caliper, 320mm discs
Drag coefficient ........... Cd: 0.32
Drag area ................... Cd*A: 0.621 (A 1.94m²)
Fuel tank .................... 45 litres
Boot capacity front ....... 96 litres
Boot capacity rear ........ 100 litres
Wheels and tyres ......... 215/40R18 (front), 245/40R18 (rear)
Top speed ................... 250kph, 155mph
Acceleration ................ 0-100kph (62mph) 4.4 seconds
Fuel consumption ........ pending homologation
Emissions ................... pending homologation

In the photos I do not like the signature grey color an I am surprised they do not offer this version in the famous Alpine Blue color.

More info overhere .... https://www.alpinecars.com/en/modele-a110s/

 

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A110 LÉGENDE GT
Limited to only 400 examples worldwide
The A110 Légende GT emphasises the elegance and refinement at the heart of Alpine’s A110. For the sports car driver who appreciates exceptional craftsmanship, the model features bespoke pale gold design elements and a custom interior upholstered in warm amber leather. A110 Légende GT is an exemplar of French sophistication.



 

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Offered on A110 Color Edition 2020 for a limited time only, Jaune Tournesol (Sunflower Yellow) is a non-metallic paint that’s inspired by a famous Color from Alpine’s past, Jaune Tournesol. Reformulated by Alpine’s paint experts using modern ingredients, the Color’s solid finish enhances A110S’s intense sports car character.



 

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Alpine A110 sports car plant under review as Renault seeks cost cuts

htt ps://europe.autonews.com/automakers/renault-holds-french-factory-closures

Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi are in crisis mode and looking to scale back operations to help stem losses that were piling up well before the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic hit.

On Friday, Renault announced a major restructuring that has seen six plants placed under review and 14,600 jobs worldwide placed on the chopping block. Among the plants under review is the small Dieppe plant in France responsible for the Alpine A110 sports car, production of which numbers less than five thousand units annually.

Renault said it's looking to curb its annual production capacity from four million vehicles at present to 3.3 million by 2024. The automaker also wants to reduce fixed costs by more than two billion euros (approximately $2.22 billion) over the next three years. On Thursday, Nissan said it wanted to reduce annual capacity by 20 percent to 5.4 million vehicles over the next four years, and that plants in Indonesia and Spain will be closed.

The French government, which owns a 15-percent stake in Renault, is considering making a five billion euro rescue loan to the automaker but said it will not sign off until talks between management and unions over the cost cuts are finalized.

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The modern Alpine A110 was in trouble even before production started in 2017. The car was originally to be develop alongside a sister model from Caterham but the British sports car marque pulled out of the deal due to its own financial setbacks. Renault forged along on its own but with such low sales numbers for the A110, the future of the car and the Alpine brand doesn't looking bright.

As part of its turnaround plan, Renault will work more closely with Nissan and Mitsubishi on future vehicle development. As outlined on Wednesday, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance plans to increase the sharing of technologies, including whole vehicle platforms, across the alliance.

Renault will cover all subcompact crossovers for the alliance, as well as in-car connectivity, and electric powertrains for smaller vehicles. It will also develop light commercial vehicles and new recycling processes.

Each alliance partner will also become a champion for specific markets, based on where they have key strengths. Renault will be the champion for Europe, Russia, South America and North Africa; Nissan will be the champion for North America, Japan and China; and Mitsubishi will be the champion for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It doesn't mean partners won't compete in markets where they aren't champion, but it could mean their presence and lineups are scaled back. Renault has already confirmed it will stop selling cars with internal-combustion engines in China.


htt ps://europe.autonews.com/automakers/renault-holds-french-factory-closures
 

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Alpine could become electric-only performance brand
Renault set to review future of sports car brand – and Autocar understands an EV-only switch is on the cards.

htt ps://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/alpine-could-become-electric-only-performance-brand

Renault has to “look very, very seriously” at the future of the Alpine brand, according to the firm’s chairman – and Autocar understand that it is poised to be turned into an all-electric performance brand in the future.

The sports car marque was revived by Renault in 2017 as a new performance brand with the highly rated A110. That model and its various derivatives are built in Dieppe at a dedicated plant that was formerly home to Renault Sport.

But there have been questions about Alpine’s long-term future, with several key members of the A110 development team having left and the future of the Dieppe plant called into question. As part of a major £1.7 billion cost-cutting drive by the Renault Group, it is staging an “open reflection” on the future of the Dieppe facility once production of the A110 ends.

Asked what that means for Alpine, Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said: “Clearly, Alpine is a beautiful brand and we do have to look very, very seriously at the future of this brand to see how it can bring added value to the group.”

Senard said it was “quite obvious that we cannot continue as we are doing today” with the Dieppe factory. He added: “This plant does not manufacture enough vehicles for us to discuss its future serenely. We will look to continue to add value to the Dieppe plant."

Senard said a final decision on Alpine’s future would be taken by incoming chief executive Luca de Meo, who is due to take up his role at the French firm in July.

As part of the major restructure announced today, the Renault Group will focus on the development of electric cars and sources have told Autocar that one idea being strongly considered is to turn Alpine into an electric-only performance halo brand. That would allow the Renault Group to showcase the sporting aspects of its electric technology and potentially compete with premium rivals.

As well as its limited volume, Alpine’s Dieppe plant is currently unable to support the production of electric cars, so switching Alpine to a purely EV brand would mean either moving production to another Renault plant or a major refit of the existing factory.

Speaking to Autocar recently, Renault Group design chief Laurens van den Acker said “it’s inevitable that we’ll electrify Alpine” in the future. While that is in part due to the need to meet increasingly tougher emissions, he added: “We’re not only doing it because of the regulations. People’s expectations will shift and will push us into this direction.”

Using Alpine as a performance EV brand would tie in with de Meo’s creation of the Cupra brand during his time running Seat. De Meo turned Cupra from a performance badge into a full brand focused on ‘premium performance’ models that would frequently take the lead on new technology. The concept was that the upmarket Cupra brand would enable the firm to charge higher prices to increase profit margins and help offset the higher cost of new technology.

While the Alpine A110 has been a critical success, the two-seat sports car is a low-volume offering for Renault. The firm sold 4835 Alpine models last year, compared with the 2.1 million cars sold by Renault and 655,000 by its budget Dacia brand.

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A key part of Renault’s cost-saving is a new arrangement with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that will include greater shared development and production of key models. However, sports cars such as Alpine's are not included in the ‘partner’ model lines listed as part of the Alliance announcement.

htt ps://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/alpine-could-become-electric-only-performance-brand
 

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That's actually not to surprising unfortunately, I still think the Alpine's from the 60's & 70's look fantastic.

We on this site are far to aware of the results of government Bean counters opinions of sporty cars futures when considering a loan or cash infusion!
 

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To me it was very surprising, perhaps the sales are dropping fast after a great re-start a few years ago ? . . . just looked it up . . . production was cut late last year.

I had expected projects like Formula One would be under review instead.
 
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