New Alpine sports car will take on Alfa Romeo 4C, Lotus Evora

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 12, 2013

Renault chief Carlos Tavares is confident that the new Alpine sports car can compete with models such as Alfa 4C and Lotus Evora during its launch. But he warned that it will be too much for the company to instantly produce a rival to the Porsche Cayman. He said that it’s too “arrogant” to claim that it will win if it goes head-to-head with Porsche.

However, he thinks that Lotus and Alfa are “realistic targets.” Tavares said, according to Autocar, that Caterham and Alpine staff are intentionally given enough freedom to independently operate to guarantee that the creation of the co-developed sports car is not hampered.

Tavares said that the projects have some commonality between the projects but that they’re intent on giving freedom to both sides to express themselves. The two cars have to stand on their own merits. However, there may be some sharing of parts. Tavares also said that the A110 design was praised since it used existing parts.

There would have to be some parts sharing involved since it will become too expensive to even be part of the consideration.

Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s chief of design, said that the models won’t look like each other, along the lines of how the GT86 and Subaru BRZ were designed. Acker said that the A110 had drawn people in so what they would do is a vehicle that’s similar but with a modern touch, similar to the feel of the modernized Mini and Fiat 500 models.

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