Earlier this month at the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, Renault took the wraps off the Alpine Celebration concept and it seems they have already prepared an evolution of that vehicle which appears to be closer to the production model. The attached images come from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website so these are official Renault images rather than just some speculative renders made by a third party.
The pictures date back to December 2014, but appeared on the WIPO website only a few days ago and were spotted by French magazine Planete-GT. After analyzing the images, we came to the conclusion this isn’t a production car as it lacks door handles and the side mirrors are too slender. This is more likely a near-production vehicle which compared to the aforementioned Alpine Celebration concept has lost the Formula 1 car-like fog light as well as the rear wing.
It also has a less obtrusive rear diffuser which now incorporates a single large exhaust tip mounted in the center. Up front it has remained largely the same as Renault has kept the double headlight arrangement while the curvaceous body is essentially the same and is expected to weigh as little as 1,100 kg although this might seem to be a bit overly optimistic.
The production car - believed to be called AS1 (Alpine Sport 1) - will go on sale in 2016 and according to the latest report it will be sold as a standalone Alpine model without Renault’s badge. The rear-wheel drive coupe is expected to use either a 1.6-liter turbo from the Clio RS or a beefier 2.0-liter turbo borrowed from the Megane RS. Regardless of engine choice, the revived Alpine will likely be available exclusively with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) which will obviously upset purists who would much rather prefer a manual gearbox.