Joint project between Renault and Caterham has the Porsche Boxster in its sights.
Looking for a French performance car? You can get a hot hatch from Renault, Peugeot or Citroen, or you get a Bugatti Veyron. There's not much in between, but Renault is looking to bridge that gap with its upcoming Alpine. A joint project between Renault and Caterham, the new Alpine revival will see a new sportscar to target the likes of the Porsche Boxster. While previous reports suggested it could take upwards of four years to complete the project, the latest intel says the Renault/Caterham Alpine will hit the road within three years.
The car will reportedly have a uniquely French character, as distinct from a German or even Italian sportscar, with "a touch of French dash," according to Renault, but "not a car for dandies." Autocar reports it will be similar in orientation to a Mazda MX-5, not a track-focused extreme performance car like the concept version which was based on a racing chassis. Renault will supply the engine that's tipped to produce around 250 horsepower, though just what that engine will be remains to be seen.