Renault’s upcoming mid-engined model will be unveiled in Geneva; it will come with quilted-leather lightweight seats
Jimi Beckwith
13 February 2017

Renault's Alpine A120 has been previewed once again ahead of its Geneva motor show debut, with new pictures of its seats.

The Alpine A110 has been revealed.

Alpine says one of its ultra-lightweight quilted leather seats weighs 13.1kg - which is half the weight of a Megane RS seat. The brand added that despite the lightweight seat, it still provides impressive lateral support, which is an important element as Alpine tries to create a model more agile than the Porsche Cayman.

The image also suggests that the seats only slide back and forth and that adjustment for height and angle require manual bolt adjustment.

The manufacturer is ramping up its coverage of the car in the run up to Geneva, and recently released illustrations showing the aerodynamic effects of its flat floor and rear diffuser.

Of that particular design, an Alpine spokesman said: "Air flow will be a key factor in the new Alpine’s performance and efficiency. The combination of a flat floor, a technique carried over from the world of supercars and high-level motor racing, and a rear diffuser located beneath the rear bumper will allow significant downforce and excellent stability."

This design has negated the need for a rear spoiler, allowing for a sleeker design that mimics the look of the original A110 from which the new model takes inspiration.

Earlier images showed the car's alumnium structure (see gallery), emphasising a focus on lightness.

Alpine has confirmed that 1955 examples of a special Premier Edition of the A120 will be built, with the first cars being made available in 12 European countries before being extended to the UK and Japan some months later. Alpine said further countries will be added later.

Autocar understands that the A120 will use a 1.8-litre engine derived from the turbocharged 1.6-litre unit used in the Renault Clio RS, although this is yet to be confirmed. An output of 250bhp is expected, and the car will hit 62mph from rest in 4.5sec. A 300bhp performance variant is also on the cards, as is a convertible. 

A deposit of €2000 (around £1700) secures one of the first cars, and prospective buyers will need a bespoke Alpine app to choose their car.

The Alpine was leaked on to the internet late last year via video in camouflaged form shortly after spy photographers spotted it testing in public. The car's design appears to have stayed true to that of the concept that was revealed one year ago.

Three cars are shown in the video, each with different wheels, suggesting more than one variant will be offered. The car will also be offered in three colours: black, white and blue. 

Alpine’s inaugural car is being expected to take the A120 name in homage to the high-performance Alpine A110 model of the 1960s and 1970s, although this is yet to be confirmed.

What is clear to see from the video on the Alpine site is that the cars are rear-wheel drive, and have a vent on the rear hatch beneath the rear glass; confirming that the car will be mid-engined. 

The video’s finishing tag line of 'Alpine is back!, as well as the video’s uploader being Alpine rather than Renault, suggests that the cars will be produced under a standalone brand rather than as Renaults. 

Following the launch of the Alpine sports car, it's expected that the brand will launch further models, including a Porsche Macan-rivalling SUV. The site says that the car will be priced between €55,000 and €60,000 (between £46,750 and £51,000), so the A120 will be a direct rival to the Porsche Cayman

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8 December 2016
And shrewd pricing. It's going to need both in this badge-obsessed business.

8 December 2016
This looks like it's going to be a bit of an oddball, just like the Alpine's of the 60's, 70's and 80's. If people liked, ahem, 'unique' Alpine shape back then they would have bought them in truckloads but it only ever appealed to the enthusiast (and not very many at that).

I think they're making the same mistake again...

8 December 2016
If I had not bought a house this year I would be putting my name down for one. I just hope its not a disappointment like the Alfa Romeo 4C was (from what I have heard of that car).

8 December 2016
I like this car a lot! Loved all the previous ones, even the GTA based 80-90's model. I wish them all the luck in the world with this, as it truly deserves to be a success and at least offer a credible alternative to the German offerings!

8 December 2016
With all the talented designers around how does something so uninspiring make it to the production line?

I'm sure it will be a good car but it looks like a car with bits just lifted from other cars.

and the leaked footage really? its professionally made and shot from a helicopter, all the cars are even driving in formation? why not just take the plastic off ;-)

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8 December 2016
Now look at the concept drawing now thats more like it.

can't add the link but look for it online it's really nice ;0

The monkey spanker wrote:

With all the talented designers around how does something so uninspiring make it to the production line?

I'm sure it will be a good car but it looks like a car with bits just lifted from other cars.

and the leaked footage really? its professionally made and shot from a helicopter, all the cars are even driving in formation? why not just take the plastic off ;-)

Lotus Elise S2 111s Monkey Spanker Racing The Monkey Spanker Toy

11 December 2016
There's certainly a resemblance to the cars of the fifties/sixties, but whether that's a good thing is debatable. I'm not sure that a French car will offer any genuine rivalry to Porsche.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

16 January 2017
It should be more polyvalent than the Alfa 4C, but less expensive than the comparable Porsche Cayman.

Some (many?) people like it, but who are the potential buyers ?

Except for the specialists, the brand image is fuzzy after decades of death...

16 January 2017
For all its flaws I'd still have a 4C, or a Cayman. This is going to be a flop.

26 January 2017
I have to agree, I was expecting a £30,000 sports car but they've somehow mananaged to produce a £50,000 car with a bored out 1.6 Renault 4 pot. Never mind completing with the Porsche Cayman the cheaper BMW 6's and Audi 5 cylinder sport offerings will surpass it.

 

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