Renault has used this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans racing event to unveil the second concept for its reborn Alpine brand: the Celebration.
Named in honour of the Alpine brand’s 60th birthday, the Celebration is likely our first look at the ‘AS1’ sports car that will hit showrooms in 2016.
The standout similarities, of course, are with the Celebration’s scalloped bonnet and twin headlight design.
And, while the rear-end delivers a far more modern design, the Alpine connection is again clear through the profile.
“We envisaged the Alpine Celebration show car as the crowning glory of six decades of Alpine style and motor racing. But we wanted to go even further by reaching out to a much broader audience,” Alpine design boss Antony Villain said.
Renault is keeping quiet on the Celebration’s mechanical details, and it remains unclear just how close the concept is to a final production design.
It is understood that an ultra-lightweight architecture in the neighbourhood of 1100kg is on the cards, along with power figures of around 185kW.
Like earlier Alpine models, a two-seat layout and mid-mounted 2.0 litre Renault engine is expected, driving the rear wheels.
Production is expected to begin toward the end of 2016, suggesting an unveiling for the final production model will not be far away.
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