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It’s been a long time coming, this one – Renault’s Alpine-badged sports car was first mooted way back in 2012 with the project seemingly see-sawing between success and failure. In November that year, it was announced that Renault would collaborate with Caterham to assemble a sports car, a venture that even saw the birth of a prototype.

Unfortunately, a fallout between the two firms in 2014 resulted in Renault gaining the fabled brand for itself. Ever since then, progress surrounding the Boxster/TT rival was glacial at best. Or so we thought. As Automotive News Europe understands, Renault may be looking to parade a pre-production concept of the car at next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

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Citing French magazine, Challenges, the report indicates a likely debut date of June 13 and 14 for the long-awaited sports car after CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, approved a €600 million injection of funds into the Alpine brand. Said concept will, reportedly, arrive with a mid-mounted engine producing close to 250 hp. Prices are rumoured to hover between the €30,000-35,000 mark (RM122,227-142,599).

According to Alpine head, Bernard Ollivier, said sports car is expected to go into production at the end of next year. Production for the sports car will take place at Renault’s factory in Dieppe, France, with production likely to range between 3,000 to 5,000 units a year. A source close to the project has also disclosed that the Alpine sports car will feature technology from Nissan as well as Daimler.

GALLERY: Renault Alpine A110-50