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Mike Stevens | Jun, 15 2015 | 9 Comments

A new speculative rendering of Renault’s hotly anticipated Alpine ‘AS1’ has hit the net today, just hours after the brand’s new Celebration concept was revealed.

That concept, showcased at the weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, offered an early look at Renault’s plans for the first new Alpine model, due in 2016.

As expected, the Celebration’s styling takes its cues from the iconic Alpine A110, with a twin headlight design up front and a sleek coupe design through the profile.

Above: the new Celebration concept. Top of page: Design RM's rendering of how the final model could look.
Above: the new Celebration concept. Top of page: Design RM's rendering of how the final model could look.

This new pair of renderings, produced by independent artist Remco Meulendijk, strips the concept of its racing livery to reveal a convincing road-ready design.

Meulendijk has changed little in converting the Celebration to a potential production coupe, highlighting the concept’s readiness for a market debut.

For its part, Renault has left fans with plenty to speculate on, including that all-important detail: the AS1’s powertrain.

Reports suggest, however, that we can expect to see the new coupe powered by a mid-mounted 2.0 litre turbo engine producing around 185kW.

Above: the rear of Design RM's speculative AS1 rendering.
Above: the rear of Design RM's speculative AS1 rendering.

But, as today’s quickest hot hatches are proving, the combination of a 2.0 litre petrol engine and a turbocharger can lead to a good deal more power than that.

We may yet see some seriously bonkers flagship versions of the new AS1 as a result.

Watch for Alpine’s new sports car to make its official debut in the next year. (But don’t hold off on that Alfa Romeo 4C purchase. Why not have both..?)

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