The new sports car that will mark Alpine’s revival has been confirmed to launch in 2017, learns Motoring.com.au.
Bernard Ollivier, President of Alpine, told the publication that the company would not jeopardise its brand’s relaunch to stick to any specific deadline, and confirmed that the sports car’s launch would happen in 2017. The company is considering the response to the concept and will make necessary changes to be sure that the final version is competitive.
The future sports car was previewed by Alpine Celebration concept that was unveiled at Le Mans last month and also previewed later the same month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The production version will be launched only when the company has got all aspects perfectly right. “Sorry, the date cannot be before 2017 clearly, and if we need some more (time) to realise the success of the car, we’ll take it. The main point is to be sure our car will be absolutely perfect”, Mr. Ollivier said.
According to a recent report, the production version will be powered by a new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will be based on the Renault Clio RS’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It will be available in three power outputs – 250 hp (185 kW), 275 hp (205 kW) and 300 hp (220 kW). The 250 hp and 275 hp will be identical technically, but the 300 hp version will differ with a different cylinder head and cooling system. The model with 300 hp version of the 1.8-litre turbo engine will weigh between 1,200 to 1,300 kg.
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