Here are some updates from the Renault-Caterham sportscar collaboration deal that was announced two months ago. Autocar UK reports that Renault will launch its Alpine sports car within three years, which means that the Porsche Boxster rival should surface by the end of 2015.
What can we expect? “It won’t be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5. What we do will not be soft, but not hardcore like a Peugeot 106 Rallye. You can’t betray the DNA of Alpine. That’s a third of what the car will be,” said Renault marketing boss Stephen Norman.
“It must be light and look different, and have a touch of French dash. It’s not a car for dandies, though. We know who the buyer is: he’s either French or a Francophile. And the car has technical innovation as part of its DNA,” he added, elaborating on the Alpine DNA.
To be developed and built alongside Caterham’s own sports car at Dieppe, France, the new Alpine will target cars like the Porsche Boxster and range topping versions of the Audi TT. The below £50,000 car will use a Renault engine producing around 250 bhp.
Click here to read all about the Renault-Caterham deal, which will also spawn a city car and crossover for the Malaysian-owned company. Will Renault’s production Alpine look anything like the eye-catching Alpine A110-50 concept that was shown last year? Click here to view the pics.