FRENCH FANCY: Alpine Celebration concept has mid-rear engine and rear wheel drive, and will target Porsche Boxster, Audi TT and Alfa 4C sales.
FRENCH FANCY: Alpine Celebration concept has mid-rear engine and rear wheel drive, and will target Porsche Boxster, Audi TT and Alfa 4C sales.

Fantastique! New Renault Alpine sports car revealed

PORSCHE Boxster and Audi TT buyers put your wallets away for a moment and sneak a peek at Renault's Alpine Celebration teaser.  

We know Renault's evocative sub-brand, Alpine, has been given the green light for a production sports car - labelled AS1 - for late 2016, and this Alpine Celebration concept looks almost production ready.  

The two-seater coupe was paraded around the La Sarthe circuit before the start of last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, tailing the shapely rear of an iconic Alpine A110 Berlinette racer: the model that served as inspiration for the Celebration's design.  

The concept car has been named to honour Alpine's 60th anniversary, and its low profile, sloping creased bonnet, sculpted sides, distinctive rear window and blue colour echo Alpine's revered models, particularly its high-point A110 beauty.  

 

PRODUCTION READY?: Alpine concept won't need many changes to go into production, and Renault has already green lighted an Alpine sports car for late 2016.
PRODUCTION READY?: Alpine concept won't need many changes to go into production, and Renault has already green lighted an Alpine sports car for late 2016.

Scant details were announced at its reveal, so its engine and performance figures are unknown, but appealingly the power plant is mid-rear mounted with power going to the rear wheels.  

The Celebration's modern technology is witnessed with carbon detailing for the spoiler, side sills, diffuser, rear air intakes and mirrors, while nods to Alpine's rally heritage are seen with masked double headlamps and black crosses for the round central lights, mimicking racy adhesive strips.  

Also harking to the past, Alpine's famous arrowed 'A' body design is seen on the air intake grilles, sides, front wings and roof.  

 

LEGEND: Alpine's A110 Berlinette - a multiple World Rally Championship event winner - served as design inspiration.
LEGEND: Alpine's A110 Berlinette - a multiple World Rally Championship event winner - served as design inspiration.

Poetically, Alpine says the flowing, sensual curves of the Celebration concept "symbolises the very essence of driving pleasure a la francaise". Tres bon.  

Alpine Design Director Antony Villain continued the eulogising: "The Alpine Celebration following in the wheel tracks of an A110 at Le Mans almost makes it appear as if the Berlinette had returned in a contemporary guise."  

More interestingly, Monsieur Villain said the determination was there to once again take on big-name rivals with the production Alpine sports car. Look out Porsche, Audi, Alfa, Lotus et al.  

And prices? The Europeans are suggesting a figure at around $100,000 when currency conversions are done. Time to get on the waiting list?  

 

CELEBRATION: The concept car lapped the Le Mans 24 Hour circuit to give a taster to an estimated 240,000 spectators.
CELEBRATION: The concept car lapped the Le Mans 24 Hour circuit to give a taster to an estimated 240,000 spectators.

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