Progress of Alpine-Caterham sports cars Advancing

The upcoming Alpine sports car will not directly compete with the Porsche Cayman says Renault boss Carlos Tavares.

Instead, the Renault and Alpine duo will be directly targeting the recently launched Alfa Romeo 4C and the established Lotus Evora when the two new sports cars debut in 2015.

“It would be arrogant to say we could go head-to-head with Porsche and win. But I think Lotus and Alfa are realistic targets,” said Tavares.

Additionally, Tavares then went onto confirm that both Renault and Alpine are being left enough freedom’s to ensure that the two sports cars are bespoke to each brand.

“If I put Alpine in the big washing machine of the Renault group, it will kill it,” said Tavares. “There is a certain level of commonality between the projects, but what we are being very careful to do is leave both sides freedom to express themselves.

“The two cars must not be brother and sister – they must stand on their own merits, and without too much suggestion of sharing the same parts.”

[Via Autocar]

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