Renault’s upcoming Alpine sports car was previewed with the Alpine Celebration concept at Le Mans last month. The concept was also displayed days later at Goodwood Festival of Speed while the production version will go on sale at the end of 2016 or early 2017.
The Alpine sports car will be powered by a new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as per a report from AutomotivPress.fr. It will be based on the currently sold Renault Clio RS’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and be offered in three state of tunes – 250 hp (185 kW), 275 hp (205 kW) and 300 hp (220 kW).
The report says that the 250 hp and 275 hp versions will be identical apart from electronics and turbo settings, but the 300 hp version will have an engine that is completely different sporting a new cylinder head and cooling system. The 300 hp model will weigh between 1,200 to 1,300 kg.
According to the report, the new 1.8-litre turbo engine will be a very important one for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, as it will be also used on the Renault Espace, Talisman and next-generation Megane RS, and on the Nissan Pulsar NISMO and Qashqai NISMO.
The report contradicts on the usage of the 1.8L engine in the Qashqai NISMO with other recent reports which say that Nissan is not planning a NISMO variant for it.