After several rendered leaks on the internet, Renault has finally revealed the much awaited Alpine A110-50 concept car. The car will make its debut during the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
The Alpine A110-50 is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the legendary Alpine Renault A110 Berlinetta rumours are that the car will mark the return of the Alpine brand.
The Alpine A110-50 concept adopts much of its styling from another Renault concept car which is the Renault DeZir that was showcased during the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The reason why Renault borrowed much of the DeZir's styling instead of creating something similar to the A110 Berlinetta is due to the fact that they do not want to create a retro-styled show car.
The engine used in the Alpine A110-50 is a 3.5-litre 24-valve V6 engine that generates around 400bhp at 7200 rpm and 412Nm of torque at 6200rpm. Additional performance figures were not released by Renault but the automaker has indicated that power is sent to the rear wheels through an F1-styled sequential gearbox with six forward gears. The driver can change gears with the shift paddles, mounted behind the steering wheels.
A limited slip differential is installed into the car but it does not have modern driving aids such as ABS and ESP. Braking is assured by six piston callipers at the front and four piston callipers at the rear. The A110-50’s carbon body sits on a modified version of the track version of the Renault Megane Trophy’s tubular chassis. The car is 4,310mm long, 1,950mm wide and 1,210mm tall. It is 880kg heavy and 47.8 percent of that weight is at the front of the car.
As mentioned above, the Alpine brand will make a return but will it be a full one? Renault’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, Laurens van der Acker mentioned if there is any room in today's market to build something that could be compared to a Porsche. The company has to capture the North America and China market for Alpine to make sense financially. Renault will make a final decision whether or not to revive the Alpine brand later this year.
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