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Renault Alpine A110 revealed ahead of full Geneva Motor Show debut

After a lengthy teaser campaign and a ‘Save the Date’ invitation for its Geneva Motor Show unveil, the first images of the new Alpine A110 sports car in production form have landed.

The new images show the finished front and side profile of the car – from Renault’s sporty new sub-brand – for the first time. As expected, it looks virtually identical to the Alpine Vision Concept that made its debut in 2016, with exactly the same lightweight aluminium bodywork and the distinctive dual front LED lights.

Only small details such as the mirrors are more conventional than the concept’s, and while we’ve yet to see the changes made to the rear end, bosses have previously assured us that it won’t change much. The wheels, covering the distinctive Alpine-badged blue brake calipers, are different in their design, too.

We’ve yet to see the interior, however. Alpine has previously released images showing the production car’s racy Recaro seats, but the final dash design is still under wraps. While the concept featured a futuristic and racy look with a TFT dial display, a raised central infotainment screen and a swooping centre console, we’ll have to wait until next week to see if any of those elements will be toned down.

It’s highly likely that the Alpine A110 will be powered by a mid-mounted 1.8-litre four cylinder turbo petrol engine, just like the concept. We expect the sports car to produce around 250bhp, delivered to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It will be extremely light, too, with engineers confirming a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds.

300bhp Alpine Renaultsport model could follow

It appears the brand could make an even hotter RS version of the near-production model. The standard Alpine A110 sports car will feature an all-new 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine with around 250bhp. But later on, a racier model, tuned by Renaultsport, could bump that figure up past 300bhp.

While that might not sound like much, Renault promises the focus will be on low weight to worry the likes of Lotus. The extra power will be made possible by tweaks to the ECU and cooling system, with larger air intakes at the front and in the doors.

Other exterior changes will reportedly include swollen rear wheelarches to allow wider tyres to be fitted, boosting grip and stability. Racier alloy wheel designs will also debut, and the front end gets cross-hatched LED lights to distinguish it from the regular car.

Speaking to Auto Express at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Renault vice-president Bruno Ancelin told us the advent of the first model will spawn further Alpine efforts. “We are working on the first car, and out of [that] we are working on the line-up,” he said.

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar recently gave us an update, building on what we reported earlier this year.

Most interestingly, he said to expect a starting price of between $75,000 and $90,000, billed as its “natural place” based on the concept car presented.

Hocevar said the big challenge was establishing the brand, which he admitted has almost no presence in Australia, given it was never sold through official channels.

For the 4CV lovers among us

4cv

This link below is on the Renault Car Club of Australia facebook page along with Renault Car Club of Queensland and an interesting 7-8 mins if you haven’t seen it yet.

http://www.dw.com/en/renault-4cv-a-masterpiece-of-engineering/av-37643970

 

Santa Arrives at Lane Cove – in A Renault

Last Sunday we all had a wonderful Christmas get together at the Lane Cove National Park.  It was a good club attendance with all having a great time , adults and kids alike.

The feature event was Santa Claus arriving in a tricked up Megane RS 230. ( Which looked a lot like Ted’s car)

Santa looks like he has lost some weight just like the Polar Bears have in his native North Pole.

Lunch was a delicious affair with some lovely NZ ice cream to top off the fine feast.

A great BIG THANKYOU to those who went to a lot of trouble organizing such a great day!!

Joyeux Noel to all club Members and Friends
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Bigger , Bolder Koleos

 

The new KOLEOS boasts a powerful stance, with muscular exterior lines that set it apart from rivals, and it provides a refined, comfortable interior with class-leading cabin space, including 289mm of rear knee room for occupants. Featured tailored by market include a heated steering wheel and easy defrosting for cold climates and a cabin air filter that cuts pollen, dust and unpleasant odours.

A protective interior
The new KOLEOS offers an elevated driving position with excellent visibility. Compared to a traditional sedan, the new KOLEOS’ driving position is 150mm higher than traditional sedans, a reassuring feature that is highly prized by SUV buyers. Hand grips on either side of the centre console echo the world of off-road motoring while imbuing the interior with a sporty feel.

Flagship SUV
Best in class, user-friendly 4×4 technology features all mode 4×4-i technology, an all-wheel drive system that makes it easy to switch back and forth between 2WD, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK modes. The new KOLEOS 4×4 transmission also guarantees enhanced safety and stability by neutralising understeer and oversteer and by optimising grip in difficult conditions. The new KOLEOS also delivers all-terrain ability, with ground clearance of 213mm.

Connected on-board experience
A key feature of the new KOLEOS interior and travelling comfort is R-Link 2, a connected, personalisable experience. This system serves as a connected control centre to coordinate functions like BOSE audio, infotainment, navigation, hands-free telephony, radio and driver aids.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Depending on the market, the new KOLEOS comes with a large array of driver assistance capabilities and options, all of which can be controlled via the R-LINK 2 tablet.

  • To reassure: Active Emergency Braking System.
  • To alert: Lane departure warning, safe distance warning, traffic sign recognition with excess speed warning, blind spot warning, tiredness detection.
  • To assist: rear view camera, automatic high/low beam, headlights, front, rear and side parking sensors, and easy park assist.

New KOLEOS completes Renault’s high-end range that now includes the Espace crossover, the Talisman large saloon car and Talisman Estate station wagon. It also completes the design renaissance of the Renault range. New KOLEOS is instantly recognisable as a top-of-the-range Renault, thanks notably to its front-end design that incorporates a prominent Renault logo set at the centre of a broad chrome grille.

New KOLEOS will be produced at two plants – Busan in South Korea for all markets except China, plus Wuhan, China for the Chinese market. Both facilities meet Renault’s stringent manufacturing quality standards and currently produce vehicles built on the CMF-C/D architecture for brands belonging to Groupe Renault.

 

Sunday 2 October – Club run to the Australian Motorlife Museum

 

The 7th Motoring expo is on at the Australian Motorlife Museum – a great opportunity to display our Renaults and win some prizes. This has always been a great day out with plenty of activities and cars to look at.

 Meet: Heathcote railway station, Pacific Highway Heathcote

When: 8am for an 8.30 departure

Sunday 2 October (long weekend)

Drive to the Motorlife Mueseum, Darkes Road, Kembla Grange to arrive in time for the opening – 9.30am.   Meet us at Heathcote or the Museum.

Gates open 8.30am, event starts 9.30am, with prize giving at 1.45pm and close of event at 2.30pm. Plenty of space to park your trailer

Entry is $10 per car and if you want to visit the museum it is $10 per person.

 

See you all at Heathcote, bright and early

 

Ernst

Shannon’s Classic – 14th August

Shannon’s Classic was again another great day although the club was down a few members cars.  However we did had some interesting cars on display including 4 beautiful R8 Gordinis,  Alana’s stunning pre war MG , R12s , R16s and R10s plus two R8s;  Kevin Byron’s award winning on and a yellow one owned by someone who is very dodgy. R8   The 750s and Dauphines had their 70 and 60 year birthday displays in the pit area and they certainly drew a lot of admirers.
The show itself was the usual splattering of old and now so old cars from around the globe.  A great day for any car enthusiast

Round 6 of the NSW Motorkhana Championship Sunday 21st

Round 6 of the NSW Motorkhana Championship

on this Sunday 21st August at Nirimba.

Supp Regs for TCC State Motorkhana 21st August 2016 2016_TCC_State_Motorkhana_Supp_Regs

Contact Glenn Inkster at TCC for details 0404 136 232

NEW Date CONFIRMED – Battle of Waterloo: 4th September 2016

Battle of Waterloo event scheduled for Weston Park in Canberra on
Originally s Sunday 19 June has been rescheduled  to Sunday the 4th of September

Battle of Waterloo:

The annual “battle” between French and British car clubs will be held on TBA in Weston Park, Yarralumla, near the miniature railway.

Enter via the carpark near the miniature railway. Coffee/lunch available via the Mini train café or Oaks Brasserie in Weston Park. Please bring a drip tray to catch any oil your car may leak.

Map Battle Waterloo

Lisa Molvig
Social Secretary
Renault Owners Club of Canberra
Australia

reno1338@hotmail.com
http://www.renaultcanberra.asn.au

All French Car Day – Sunday 17th July

The All French Car Day (AFCD) is on Sunday 17th at Silverwater Park, Silverwater.

It is a great day and you should make every effort to get your pride and joy there.

Entry is $10 per car but well worth it.  You can get food and coffee etc there plus some spare parts if you’re lucky.

Vive la France!

Drive to Gosford Car Museum – Saturday 18th June

Meet: Old Toll Gates Berowra
When: 10.30 for a 11am departure
The museum is at 3-13 Stockyard Pl, West Gosford NSW 2250 for those driving there directly.
We have 20 car spaces reserved. When arriving, park to the left of the gate.
There is a 50% chance of rain as per the forecast but Renaults can cope with this.  :)
See you all at Berowra.