Renault may finally be ready to launch its Alpine sub-brand.
French automaker Renault recently took to Twitter to announce plans to relaunch the Alpine sub-brand on February 16th 2016. The tweet, which came from the newly created Alpine account, read: "We wanted to announce our come back but some would say we never left." This short quote was accompanied by a gif of a road with the date overlaid. The first car for the Alpine brand could be the sequel to the A110, which Autocar says is the expertly named A120. However, we've heard it could be called the AS1. Tomatoe, tomato.
The new sports car will be similar to the Alpine Celebration Concept Car that was featured at the 2015 Le Mans. It will reportedly feature a range of 1.8-liter engines mounted in a rear-mid position, driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A range-topping version is expected to have 300 horsepower, and the drivetrain is the same one developed for the new Renault Talisman. The A120 will be a rival for other sports cars such as the Porsche Cayman and Jaguar F-Type. The French sports car looks like a very interesting alternative to its plethora of German rivals, but unfortunately none of this means much for those in America. Yup, there are no plans to bring the brand stateside. Wonderful.