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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Set for Frankfurt Debut

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Turns out the new Honda Civic Type R is not going to enjoy being  the hottest hot hatch around, because Renault will soon reveal this, the new 2018 Renault Megane RS. They have just released a cool teaser announcing the Frankfurt Motor Show in September as the venue for the global debut of the car. But before that we’re going to see the new RS in action at Monaco GP. 

The 2018 Renault Megane RS will get an elaborate dynamic drive at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend with Nico Hülkenberg driving the car on the street circuit. The debut RS will be dressed in the traditional RenaultSport colors of yellow and black.

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As for the specs and details of the 2018 Renault Megane RS itself, the French remain tight-lipped on that for now, only revealing that the new RS utilizes F1 technologies and is more dynamic and more efficient than all its predecessors as seen in the teaser video above. There has never really been a bad Megane RS, even though sometimes the new technologies they implement on the car make the traditional fans of the car quite mad. But we are excited all the same to see what sort of performance figures the new hot hatch boasts. Will it be able to tear the Type R a new one? Or will it have to be content competing with lesser rivals?

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass

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Vans are not usually associated with glamorous events such as Cannes Film Festival, but that didn’t stop Renault from trying. The event marks the debut of the new Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass, a nine-seat van with innovative features which serves as transportation for customers and VIPs at Cannes.

Renault, of course, has always been good at making people carriers. They have the Espace which practically invented the whole segment. But Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass, they claim, is a whole new chapter in the history of such vehicles. It’s all about the interior space, where as mentioned you can fit up to nine adults. How they seat and where they seat is entirely up to them, since the TRAFIC has a modular design of the seats on rails in rows two and three which enables over 50 different configurations. Didn’t know there were that many.

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As for the creature comforts, each passengers will enjoy dark-tinted rear windows, regulated air conditioning, individual LED reading lamps, and exclusive leather upholstery, if you choose the right trim. For example, the “Signature Pack” version of Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass comes with pivoting seats and a removable central tablet containing numerous storage spaces for the full mobile office experience. All versions are equipped with 220V and USB sockets for charging laptops and electronic devices. The driver has not been overlooked, as he or she gets a leather-covered steering wheel, a host of storage compartments, and chrome and gloss-black insert on the dashboard, in addition to a 7-inch screen with MediaNav Evolution navigation system or R-Link Evolution with Android Auto, and reversing camera.

Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass will hit the European market in September 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit Limited Edition

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Brazil is one of the countries where big European car makers have found such a good footing, their branches there have actually developed into full-blown car makers in their own right making their own models. The new Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit is one such car, and it has made quite a stir since it’s been announced. 

You know Sandero in Europe and Asia as a Dacia, a extremely affordable car with good feature that is, nonetheless, about as interesting to live with as a hairy mole on your forehead. What they have done with this thing in Brazil, though, is putting this bland and uninteresting proposition on a blend of coke and meth. The result is Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit, a limited edition of just 1,500 units, featuring special appointments inside and out and a fairly powerful – by Sandero’s standards – engine.

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On the outside Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit features a number of distinguishing red accents including graphics shouting out the name of the car along with 17 inch wheels for a more purposeful look. The same treatment continues inside where the black plastics are complemented with a dab of red paint on some of the trims and some really nice piano black stuff and high quality fabric for the seats. Engine-wise you have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder which in Europe would have been considered outdated, but is still a fairly decent motor with 150 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, corresponding to a top speed of 200 km/h and a 0-100 time of 8 seconds.

Sandero R. S. 2.0 Racing Spirit. Foto: Rodolfo BUHRER / La Imagem / Renault

The Racing Spirit Sandero RS costs in Brazil the equivalent of $20,000.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit Limited Edition

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Brazil is one of the countries where big European car makers have found such a good footing, their branches there have actually developed into full-blown car makers in their own right making their own models. The new Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit is one such car, and it has made quite a stir since it’s been announced. 

You know Sandero in Europe and Asia as a Dacia, a extremely affordable car with good feature that is, nonetheless, about as interesting to live with as a hairy mole on your forehead. What they have done with this thing in Brazil, though, is putting this bland and uninteresting proposition on a blend of coke and meth. The result is Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit, a limited edition of just 1,500 units, featuring special appointments inside and out and a fairly powerful – by Sandero’s standards – engine.

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On the outside Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit features a number of distinguishing red accents including graphics shouting out the name of the car along with 17 inch wheels for a more purposeful look. The same treatment continues inside where the black plastics are complemented with a dab of red paint on some of the trims and some really nice piano black stuff and high quality fabric for the seats. Engine-wise you have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder which in Europe would have been considered outdated, but is still a fairly decent motor with 150 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, corresponding to a top speed of 200 km/h and a 0-100 time of 8 seconds.

Sandero R. S. 2.0 Racing Spirit. Foto: Rodolfo BUHRER / La Imagem / Renault

The Racing Spirit Sandero RS costs in Brazil the equivalent of $20,000.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit Limited Edition

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Brazil is one of the countries where big European car makers have found such a good footing, their branches there have actually developed into full-blown car makers in their own right making their own models. The new Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit is one such car, and it has made quite a stir since it’s been announced. 

You know Sandero in Europe and Asia as a Dacia, a extremely affordable car with good feature that is, nonetheless, about as interesting to live with as a hairy mole on your forehead. What they have done with this thing in Brazil, though, is putting this bland and uninteresting proposition on a blend of coke and meth. The result is Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit, a limited edition of just 1,500 units, featuring special appointments inside and out and a fairly powerful – by Sandero’s standards – engine.

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On the outside Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit features a number of distinguishing red accents including graphics shouting out the name of the car along with 17 inch wheels for a more purposeful look. The same treatment continues inside where the black plastics are complemented with a dab of red paint on some of the trims and some really nice piano black stuff and high quality fabric for the seats. Engine-wise you have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder which in Europe would have been considered outdated, but is still a fairly decent motor with 150 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, corresponding to a top speed of 200 km/h and a 0-100 time of 8 seconds.

Sandero R. S. 2.0 Racing Spirit. Foto: Rodolfo BUHRER / La Imagem / Renault

The Racing Spirit Sandero RS costs in Brazil the equivalent of $20,000.

 

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Captur Initiale Paris

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The new Renault Captur family welcomes a range-topping member. The 2018 Renault Captur Initiale Paris, as its lofty name suggests, is the classiest, most luxurious and most well-appointed version of the French crossover. 

If we cut to the chase and see what sets the 2018 Renault Captur Initiale Paris apart from regular models, we have to look at the exterior, interior, and features separately. Starting on the outside, the top-of-the-line Captur is immediately recognizable as such thanks to a bespoke grille with chrome details, front and rear skid plates which feature a more metallic grey finish with windows and sip seals in the same color, and chrome inserts on either side of the vehicle with Initiale Paris branding.

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Other highlights include Améthyste Black launch color, special 17-inch Initiale wheels, sequential LED direction indicators, and Initiale Paris branding on the lower door panels, door sills and front grille. Moving inside, the Initiale Paris treatment gives the crossover exclusive features such as heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather trimming for the steering wheel, chrome embellishments, a leather-trimmed dashboard, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sills.

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That brings us to the list of features and equipment 2018 Renault Captur Initiale Paris is blessed with. You get Blind Spot Warning, Easy Park Assist, hands-free entry and keyless ignition, a premium Bose audio system and the very latest version of Renault’s R-Link Evolution multimedia system as well as all relevant smartphone applications with Android Auto.

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PostHeaderIcon Kevin Spacey Visits Renault Design Center

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The star of American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, and House of Cards, the irreplaceable Kevin Spacey has been to France earlier this month where he popped by Renault Design Center for a short visit. If you’re wondering why would he do such a thing, that is because Kevin in a Renault ambassador and seems genuinely interested in the brand, even though it is not present in the American market. 

To be more specific, Kevin Spacey is an emissary for the Renault Espace, which is a bit off because frankly he is too cool to be associated with this model. At any rate, upon arriving in France Mr. Spacey was given a royal treatment as he was taken with Police escort to Renault design headquarters where they hosted a lavish welcome party for him before sending the actor on a tour of the place.

During the tour Kevin Spacey got to see the latest models (Talisman, Scenic, Mégane and Captur), received inside information on Renault’s style leanings, took a detailed look at TreZor concept, and tried his hand at clay modelling of a vehicle mock-up. It’s all good and well, but if we were to guess which car maker Kevin would be best suited to represent based on his body of work, it would be Audi RS because just like the actor, those cars look unassuming but are in fact giant slayers with truly magnificent capabilities.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Here's Why the Alpine A110 Could Be Renault's Very Own Porsche Cayman Killer

After several years of rumors and teasing, Renault finally relaunched Alpine and unveiled the brand’s first road-going sports car in more than two decades. To those who aren’t familiar with the original Alpine A110, this new sports car is probably an enigma. The Alpine name doesn’t mean much to the average Joe nowadays, while the fact that it’s developed by Renault doesn’t give it the exposure it deserves. But I think that the new A110 has the potential to become a Porsche Cayman killer, and I’m going to explain why.

For starters, this isn’t your regular higher performance car based on an existing platform. The A110 rides on a bespoke chassis developed specifically for this application, while its lightweight, aluminum body is modern, yet aerodynamic and bears a close resemblance to the original, iconic A110 of the 1960s. In other words, while the Cayman doesn’t have that much history to brag about design-wise, the A110 is based on a vehicle that was launched two years before the Porsche 911. Pretty solid heritage, huh?

But looks are a matter of taste, and as I said before, Alpine is a rather obscure brand after operating as a niche carmaker in Europe only, so let’s move to the things that really matter to a sports car.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Captur Gets Mild Tweaks and More Refined Interior

This year’s Geneva Motor Show may be packed with loads of flashy supercars and special-edition models, but the event is also about daily drivers focused on practicality and affordability. One of them is the Renault Captur, Europe’s best-selling B-segment crossover in 2016, which has received some light mid-cycle tweaks.

Identical to the outgoing model for the most part, the Captur retains its two-tone body color option and gets two new hues. In all, customers now have access to 36 color combinations. New features include full LED headlamps (optional), a fixed glass roof for models with the two-tone paint, and new 16- and 17-inch wheels. The Captur also gained a few features from the bigger Kadjar model, including a chrome strip on the front grille and new skid plates for both bumpers.

Inside, the crossover features more upmarket materials for the steering wheel and a revised gear lever. Renault also crafted new seats with enhanced lateral support on some trims, while a new Signature S Nav trim adds heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather steering wheel, leather door panels, aluminum pedals, and chrome trim.

There’s no word of any drivetrain modifications, so it’s safe to assume that the Captur carries over with the previous engines. Options include the 0.9-liter three-cylinder with 90 horsepower and 100 pound-feet, the 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 116 horses and 140 pound-feet, and the 1.5-liter diesel with 90 horsepower and 162 pound-feet.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Captur Gets Mild Tweaks and More Refined Interior

This year’s Geneva Motor Show may be packed with loads of flashy supercars and special-edition models, but the event is also about daily drivers focused on practicality and affordability. One of them is the Renault Captur, Europe’s best-selling B-segment crossover in 2016, which has received some light mid-cycle tweaks.

Identical to the outgoing model for the most part, the Captur retains its two-tone body color option and gets two new hues. In all, customers now have access to 36 color combinations. New features include full LED headlamps (optional), a fixed glass roof for models with the two-tone paint, and new 16- and 17-inch wheels. The Captur also gained a few features from the bigger Kadjar model, including a chrome strip on the front grille and new skid plates for both bumpers.

Inside, the crossover features more upmarket materials for the steering wheel and a revised gear lever. Renault also crafted new seats with enhanced lateral support on some trims, while a new Signature S Nav trim adds heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather steering wheel, leather door panels, aluminum pedals, and chrome trim.

There’s no word of any drivetrain modifications, so it’s safe to assume that the Captur carries over with the previous engines. Options include the 0.9-liter three-cylinder with 90 horsepower and 100 pound-feet, the 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 116 horses and 140 pound-feet, and the 1.5-liter diesel with 90 horsepower and 162 pound-feet.

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PostHeaderIcon This Renault ZOE Concept Is as Quick as the Lamborghini Huracán!

Often slammed for producing cheap cars that do not compare with premium offerings from Germany, Renault is one of the very few automakers that actually has a solid racing program. Involved in Formula One, endurance racing, as well as several single-seat or production-based series, the French carmaker builds a few outstanding performance vehicles. When it comes to road-legal cars, the Clio and Megane are the best RenaultSport products you can buy, and a third model based on the ZOE could be underway.

Launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the ZOE e-sport concept is a standard hatchback on steroids in terms of both looks and performance. It’s like Renault used everything it learned from the Clio RS to build a pocket rocket, but this concept is different from any other performance model from the brand. What sets it apart? The drivetrain is electric.

Specifically, the ZOE e-sport concept draws on Renault’s three years of success in the FIA Formula E Championship and uses a similar drivetrain. Featuring a lightweight body structure made of carbon-fiber and two electric motors that deliver close to 460 horsepower and 640 Nm (472 pound-feet) of torque, the car accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in only 3.2 seconds. As in Formula E, an air-and-water cooling system with a front-mounted radiator is used to make sure that the battery and control systems operate at the ideal temperature, while the tubular steel chassis is based on those used by RenaultSport cars competing in hill climbs and ice races. The Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers are also borrowed from motorsport and can be adjusted to suit different tracks or driving styles, similar to those offered in the Renault Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.

The unique drivetrain is backed by a custom exterior wrapped in a livery that matches that of the Formula E Renault e.dams team. The Satin Blue body has flashes of bright yellow on the front bumper, mirror caps, and rear diffuser. The carbon-fiber finish bumpers, lip spoiler, and air intake surrounds, and the 20-inch diamond-cut aluminum wheels in black and Shadow Chrome complete the look. The interior was also transformed to reflect the sportier nature of the concept, receiving Recaro bucket seats and a rectangular steering wheel, both wrapped in Alcantara, blue accents, and aluminum trim.

Unfortunately, Renault didn’t say how these modifications affect the car’s 250-mile range

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Alpine A110

It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years.

The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and here.

As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door “Berlinette” was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship.

All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.

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PostHeaderIcon What Can We Expect From The Alpine A120 And Its Hotter Variants?

Renault’s long drawn out plan to bring back the Alpine brand is now taking shape with the arrival of the mid-engined Alpine A120 sports car. The sports coupe is expected to make its debut at the start of 2017 ahead of the planned release sometime in the third quarter of the year. But new details have emerged about the Alpine A120 as there now appears to be plans to expand the brand’s lineup with different variants of the A120.

Word from Autocar reveals that a convertible is expected to follow the coupe in due time and a high performance variant is also in the pipeline. Details surrounding these additional variants are still being kept under wraps, but it is understood that both models are already in “advanced” development so information about them could be coming sooner than later.

For now, all eyes are on the A120 as it gears up for its long-awaited unveiling, which in itself has been years in-the-making as a result of several false starts that plagued the project. But now that it’s getting close to finally becoming a real thing, the expectation is that the A120 will be using a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will develop close to 300 horsepower, giving it a higher output than both the 240-horsepower Alfa Romeo 4C and right about the same figure as the Porsche 718 Cayman. All of the power generated by the A120’s turbo four will likely course through a revised version of the Renault Clio RS’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just under 4.5 seconds.

Once sales for the A120 commences next year, the sports coupe is tipped to get a starting price of about £50,000 to £55,000, or the equivalent of about $53,000 to $58,000 based on current exchange rates. Alpine managing director Michael van der Sande also hinted that production for the car could range from 5,000 to 7,000 units on an annual basis with models being sold in a handful of dealerships across Europe. Don’t expect the A120 to hit U.S. shores anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon The Era of Small Engines in Europe Could be Coming to an End

The war on emissions has been on-going with automakers continuously pressed to lower emissions output from their vehicles year after year. Over in Europe, the strategy to meet stringent emissions regulations has resulted in the downsizing of engines and the addition of turbochargers to make up for the power deficit. As such, the average engine size in Europe is anywhere between 1.3- and 1.9-liters. The shrinking of engines has worked well for emissions tests in Europe up until now, but according to Reuters, new on-the-road emissions testing has shown that smaller engines actually fail to meet the latest standards. This being the case, automakers are being forced to rethink their strategy, and those smaller engines could be on the chopping block.

So how bad is it? Well, real-world testing has shown that most of the smaller engines currently in use – like GM’s 1.2-liter diesel and VW’s 1.4-liter, three-pot diesel – can produce NOx levels up to 15 times the current legal standard when driven at higher loads. Smaller gasoline engines of similar size lose fuel-efficiency and “spew fine particles and carbon monoxide.” Renault’s 0.9-liter H4Bt engine injects excess fuel to prevent overheating, which has been found to produce massive levels of unburned hydrocarbons, fine particles, and CO2. So, what can automakers do to meet the tougher emissions regulations that must be adhered to by 2019?

Automakers have largely remained silent as to what their strategy will be going forward. But, sources have indicated that Volkswagen, Renault, and General Motors are all preparing to upsize some of their best-selling smaller engines while others will be retired altogether. All three have declined to comment on specific plans so far, but Alain Rapos – the Head of Powertrain for Renault-Nissan – said, “The techniques we’ve used to reduce engine capacities will no longer allow us to meet emissions standards. We’re reaching the limits of downsizing.”

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Sport Trophy Series Scrapped After Only Two Seasons

The Renault Sport Trophy racing series made its debut in 2015 to much fanfare. One year later, the series will only finish out the 2016 season before it’s officially cancelled. The decision to cut the cord on the series comes at a point in time wherein Renault, considered as one of the most engaged and actively involved automakers in motor racing, is in the middle of reconfiguring its racing programs.

The French automaker has already exited the Formula Renault 3.5 series and with the abrupt closure of the Renault Sport Trophy, it’s once thriving Renault Sport Series program is down to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. That said, the series departures doesn’t mean Renault is giving up motor racing entirely. Far from it, actually, because the automaker has increased its involvement in Formula E and has even jumped back into the Formula One fray as an actual team instead of just an engine supplier for the first time in six years.

Clearly, Renault is as involved in motor racing as it has always been; it’s just shifting its priorities from running its own make-series to heading back to the glamour and prestige of Formula One while also doubling down on its commitment to Formula E.

While it’s hard to make sense of the rationale in starting a hyped racing series like the Renault Sport Trophy and then cutting the cord before it can even get off the ground, it’s just as hard to argue against that decision when Renault is boosting its involvement in Formula E and Formula One.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Zoe Debuts In Paris With Record 250-Mile NED Range

Normally, a car like the Renault Zoe doesn’t generate the same type of excitement in auto shows compared to those limited edition supercars that pop up every so often. But when said Renault Zoe promises something that no other car of its kind can do, that’s when it becomes a lot more interesting. Such is the case at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where Renault unveiled the Z.E. 40 battery-powered Zoe EV that packs a record NED cycle-certified 250-mile range, or the equivalent of 186 miles in real-world traffic conditions.

The range figure may not be as high as the 315-mile range of the Tesla Model S P100D or the 238-mile range of the Bolt, but it completely laps the field against its more direct competitors, including the Fiat 500e (87 miles), Kia Soul EV (93 miles), and Volkswagen e-Golf (83 miles). That’s an impressive feat brought about by the automaker’s groundbreaking Z.E. 40 battery’s high-energy density lithium-ion technology that Renault developed in collaboration with LG Chem.

Together, the two companies were able to devise a method that resulted in the increase of energy density in the battery cells, all while retaining the battery’s physical characteristics, while also improving its overall safety and reliability. The result is a battery that has 41kWh of usable energy, close to double the capacity of the battery being used by the current model. It also allows for quick recharging. In fact, with a 30-minute charge, the battery can recoup an extra 50 miles of range, which if you do the math, already accounts for 60 percent of the Soul EV and e-Golf’s overall battery range.

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