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Renault Alpine Could Inspire New Car Family

If sales and overall response prove to be solid, then anything is possible.

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the production version of the reborn Renault Alpine. Due to land in 2016 (assuming there aren’t any unforeseen delays), the Alpine will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter that’ll produce around 282 horsepower. Production will be limited to 25,000 units over the course of seven years. It won’t be sold in the US, obviously, but it’ll be available throughout Europe and even in Japan and China.

Renault seems to have high hopes for the Alpine after a new report claims the French automaker is considering a wider family of Alpine-branded vehicles. Speaking to Autocar at the Moscow Motor Show, Renault’s design boss said "we all love Alpines but we all want to make money as well. Let’s get the first car right and then I hope I can start doing Alpines for the rest of my life." The final design of the production Alpine is apparently set, and Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has approved it. Fortunately, Renault is aware that "sports cars are an endangered species" and it’s intent on doing the new Alpine right. We should begin to see spy photos of late-stage prototypes in the very near future.

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