Renaultsport has merged the stunning DeZir concept car with the Renault Megane Trophy racer to celebrate 50 years of the Alpine A110 Berlinette. The result is this, the 395bhp V6-powered Renault Alpine A110-50 concept car.
The original Alpine was unveiled 50 years ago at the Paris motor show, and the modern interpretation will be back at the same show in September having made its initial debut at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend and a further appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend where it will be driven by Renault COO Carlos Tavares.
Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker has long spoken of his desire to create a modern-day Alpine since joining Renault from Mazda in 2009. Sales and marketing boss Stephen Norman has also confirmed that Renault is looking at how they could make the Alpine concept a production reality. The Alpine A110-50’s design mixes the DeZir’s basic look with some nods to the original A110 and some racing add-ons.
References to the original include the 1962 car’s central foglights alluded to with a pair or half-domed LED rings on the new concept, a 3D rear window that reveals the mid-mounted engine, and a new take on the classic Alpine Blue paint to cover the carbonfibre bodywork.
The Alpine A110-50 concept also gets the DeZir’s dramatic scissor doors, while further drama is added by its front-hinged bonnet and rear-hinged engine cover.
Other features include an adjustable rear wing that produces two-thirds of the car’s downforce. Ground effect is also created thanks to the front splitter and rear diffuser; this accounts for the other third of the downforce.
The chassis is a stiffened version of the Megane Trophy’s tubular steel construction, which means fully adjustable double wishbone suspension features all round.
The ride height, roll cage and engine bracing have all been lowered to adapt to the DeZir’s height, which is lower than the Megane racer’s. The Alpine concept and Megane Trophy share the same 2625mm wheelbase, but the concept’s front and rear tracks are wider at 1680mm and 1690mm respectively. It rides on 21in alloys that lock with a single central nut.
Power for the Alpine 110-50 concept comes from a 3.5-litre V6, which produces 395bhp at 7200rpm and 311lb ft at 6200rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox and mechanical limited-slip differential.
Speaking candidly to Autocar at the Geneva motor show on the prospect of an Alpine production car, Norman said: "[We will] do everything we can to make it [the Alpine] work for production. If we could make the sums work, which we are desperately trying to do, we could do it in 30 months."