Purported 2016 Renault Alpine revealed in patent images – Report

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Previews production-spec Renault Alpine sports car.

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) have uploaded a set of images that reveal a near-production version of the upcoming Renault Alpine sports car. This follows the unveil of the Alpine Celebration concept at the 2015 Le Mans.

2016 Renault Alpine near-production concept front three quarter revealed in patent images
The new unnamed concept sports a filtered-down, less-aggressive look.

Compared to the Celebration concept, the new unnamed concept sports a filtered-down, less-aggressive look. At the back, it loses the rear wing and F1-like foglight in favor of a centrally-mounted large hexagonal chrome-finished exhaust tip and a simpler diffuser. It does retain the iconic double headlight arrangement and features conventional headlight clusters.

The production-spec model could be a less-expensive RWD model to compete against rivals like the Toyota GT-86. It may source power from a 1.6-liter turbo or a bigger 2.0-liter turbo from the Renault RS models, which are paired to a dual-clutch gearbox.

For purists, Renault could also offer a manual transmission for spirited driving. Its target kerb weight of less than 1,100 kg will further improve the Alpine’s performance quotient.

2016 Renault Alpine near-production concept rear three quarter revealed in patent images
For purists, Renault could also offer a manual transmission for spirited driving.

Also Read: IAB reader snaps the Renault Kwid on test

Renault could unveil the Alpine at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Rumor has it that Renault will also add a performance-oriented SUV with the Alpine nameplate in due course.

Renault Alpine concept – Image Gallery

[Source: Planete-gt]

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