More Spy Shots of the 2016 Renault Alpine Test Mule

Additional spy shots of the upcoming Alpine sports car disguised as a Lotus Exige have surfaced. The impending new sports car was spied wearing the Exige’s body two years ago and the continuation of testing clearly shows how focused the firm is on ensuring the car is absolutely perfect when it launches.

Compared to the real-life Exige, the following car features extended overhangs as well as flared arches potentially hinting at the overall proportions of the production-spec Alpine. Beyond that, they suggest that testing hasn’t progressed to the point where the Alpine can wear a camouflaged version of its production skin.

Earlier in the month, the company revealed that despite previous reports the car would be unveiled at next year’s Paris Motor Show, it actually won’t reach the market before 2017.

2016 Renault Alpine Test Mule

Discussing this, the firm’s boss Bernard Ollvier said “We will have only one shot; one shot because when we launch this design, we are not launching one car, we have to launch one car and [the] Alpine [brand]. The future of Alpine is based on this car. So we have only objective today – the success of this [first] car. We are taking into account the feelings of the people who are seeing our show car and so that could change to be sure that at the end the car will be good. So I am not able to make a commitment on the [launch] date.”

According to the most recent reports, the Alpine sports car could utilise a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine delivering upwards of 300 hp in its range-topping specification.


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