By Ronan Glon
Friday, May 25th, 2012 @ 7:42 am
 
After several leaks France's Renault has revealed the first official details about the much-awaited Alpine A110-50 concept car that debuted earlier today at the Monaco Grand Prix.

As predicted, the A110-50 concept heavily borrows styling cues from the Renault DeZir concept that greeted the public for the first time at the 2010 edition of the Paris Motor Show. This was done intentionally because Renault did not want to create a retro-styled show car.

Perhaps the biggest aesthetic similarity between the A110-50 and the original A110 is a set of small bulges on the hood. In the A110 they housed lights while in the A110-50 they are mostly there for looks.

Renault's latest concept gets its power from a 24-valve V6 engine with a displacement of precisely 3,498 cubic centimeters, which equals 213 cubic inches. It churns out 400 horsepower at 7,200 rpms and 311 foot-pounds of torque at 6,200 rpms.

Performance figures were not released but Renault indicates that power is sent to the rear wheels via an F1-inspired sequential gearbox with six forward gears. The driver can change gears by using shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The modern-day Alpine is equipped with a limited slip differential but it does not feature driving aids such as ABS and ESP. Braking is assured by six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units out back.

As previously reported the A110-50's carbon body sits on a modified version of the track-bound Mégane Trophy's tubular chassis. Overall the car is 170 inches long, 77 inches wide and just 48 inches tall. It tips the scale at 1,940 pounds and 47.8 percent of that weight is on the front of the car.

Brand revival? Not so fast
The A110-50 was primarily designed as a way to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Alpine A110. Its unveiling does not necessarily guarantee that the defunct sports car brand will make a full comeback.

"We have to ask: "Is there room in today's car market to build something that could be compared to a Porsche?' In any case, for an Alpine to make sense financially, it would have to sell in North America and China," said Renault's Laurens van den Acker in an interview with the U.K.'s Autocar.

As we reported yesterday, Renault will make a final decision on whether or not to revive the Alpine brand later this year.