The reborn Renault Alpine will be powered by a new 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine, according to reports out of Europe.
Automotivpress reports the new powerplant will be born from the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit currently powering the Renault Clio RS - the unit originally rumoured to power the new Alpine.
Three power figures have been suggested, with buyers given the choice of 185kW, 205kW or 220kW outputs and with escalating pricing to match.
Aside from the extra capacity, the key difference between the Clio’s 1.6 and the Alpine’s new 1.8 litre unit will reportedly be the engine management system, a new cylinder-head and beefed-up cooling system.
Engineers are said to be looking at matching the new unit with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
And those engineers may be given a generous development window time-wise, with the Alpine’s launch date now said to have been delayed by a further 18 months.
The Alpine was originally due to be unveiled this year, but the launch date was pushed out to 2016 early last year when designers were reportedly ordered back to the drawing board.
After confirming earlier this year that the 2016 date was still the goal, Renault is now said to have pushed the launch date into 2017.
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