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Renault Alpine Celebration concept makes world premiere

Snapshot: Renault has taken the wraps off the Alpine Celebration concept this past weekend at Le Mans.

It was developed to celebrate 60 years since the original Alpine and at the same time is a follow-up to the A110-50 concept introduced by Renault back in 2012. The design of the car shows clear connections to the classic A110 Berlinetta but updated for modern times while keeping the familiar double headlight setup and featuring a sloping roofline which makes it look as if it’s going fast even when standing still.

Noticeable features include very slender side mirrors along with a blue body combined with orange accents seen on the headlights, wheels, brake calipers and also on the side profile and the trunk lid. The curvaceous body design makes the Alpine Celebration concept look very appealing and is a breath of fresh air in the sportscar segment while the stylish alloy wheels are in fact a throwback to the Alpine A110 and A310 models of the 1970s.

Renault has also installed a fixed rear wing along with a sizeable rear diffuser incorporating a Formula 1 car-inspired fog light and flanked by two exhaust tips. The concept seems to have a low and stiff sporty suspension while the identity of the engine is not known at this point, but hopefully Renault will shed some light about what powers the concept in the near future, possibly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed set for later this month.

It is important to mention the Renault Alpine Celebration concept previews a production model bringing back the Alpine moniker in 2016. Details about the model are scarce at the moment, but it will likely weigh as little as 1,100 kg and is going to be powered by either a four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine from the Clio RS or a larger 2.0-liter borrowed from the Megane RS. Chances are the engine will work with a dual-clutch gearbox since there are slim chances of seeing a manual transmission.

Reportedly getting the Alpine Sport 1 (AS1) name, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sportscar is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year so we will likely see it at the Geneva Motor Show programmed for March 2016.

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