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Renault’s Upmarket Barnstormer to face off Porsche Cayman

Renault has been working for some time at rebooting its long-dormant Alpine brand with the launch of a new sports car. But we’re glad to report that the wait is finally over. Almost.

What you see here is the Alpine Vision. It’s the latest in a string of concept cars that have sought to forecast what the new model will look like, following the A110-50 concept of 2012, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo design revealed last year, and the more recent Alpine Celebration concept presented this past summer. As you can see, this latest concept looks close to production-ready to take on the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C.

Renault hasn’t revealed much in the way of technical specifications, except to say that it packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine made by the folks at Renault Sport that ought to propel the coupe to 62 in under 4.5 seconds. Today’s announcement in Monte Carlo is clearly more about the design that draws its inspiration from the legendary Alpine A110 that debuted in 1969. The shape looks familiar from the previous Alpine Celebration concept, but without the flashy details, the Vision concept gives us a clearer idea of what to expect. Those round auxiliary headlights are pure retro rally and the proportions classic, but the detailing is strictly modern – particularly at the tail end.

The project faced setbacks after Caterham pulled out of the joint venture, but Renault promises we’ll see the finished product “later this year.” Production is set to take place at the historic Alpine factory in Dieppe, France, where the Renault Sport division was based until recently. Sales are scheduled to commence next year in Europe, to be “followed by other markets worldwide” – The word is that it will be available downunder – fingers crossed!

All French Car Day July 12th 2015

The all French Car Day is just around the corner on Sunday the 12th of July. It’s a great day out for all Renault Car Club members and guests. If your not a member yet, you can join on the day.

So dust off your classic Renault or bring along your modem or new Renault and join RCCA along with the Peugeot & Citroen Car Clubs to celebrate all things French. Your welcome to display your car, a small entry fee is required to get on the grounds of Silverwater Park, once in come an park your car with all the other Renault’s.


Day starts around 8.30 to 3.30 pm when the best cars of the day are announced.
It’s a nice day out, and a great way to meet other Renault Fans.
On behalf of the RCCA,we hope to see you there.

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy

202kW limited edition hot-hatch is model’s most powerful ever

The new Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy will take its place atop the benchmark hot-hatch’s range later this year, armed with technical and aesthetic upgrades and the performance model’s highest-ever power output.

Up 7kW – to now reach 275hp – but with torque maintained at 360Nm, the new Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy is based on the new-look Megane range due to start arriving on local shores in July (of which Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar said late last month would again be topped by the Renault Megane RS 265).

Underpinned by the Megane RS’s Cup chassis and featuring a limited-slip front differential as standard, the hottest-ever Megane also brings with it reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 0.7 litres per 100km and 16 grams per kilometre respectively – now 7.5L/100km and 174g/km.

With its sights clearly set on reclaiming the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest front-wheel-drive production car, Renault has further increased the RS275’s potential by fitting a lightweight carbonfibre-tipped titanium exhaust system as standard. Sourced from exhaust specialists Akrapovic, and coming with the promise of a “more raucous bark”.

Enthusiasts will also have the option of fitting up adjustable Road and Track dampers with steel springs from suspension gurus Ohlins and black 19-inch Speedline Turini wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

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Distinguished by its Trophy-branded Platine Grey F1-inspired front blade and numbered door sill plates, the limited edition Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy also gains side-body Trophy decals and door-mounted Platine Grey chequered flag graphics.

Inside, the RS 275 Trophy has Renault Sport-stamped red-stitched leather and Alcantara Recaro front bucket seats and a red-stitched rear bench seat. An Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel, handbrake and Zamac gear lever all continue the theme.

To be sold in 20 countries across five continents, including Australia, the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy follows in the footsteps of other limited edition Megane RS-based variants such as Red Bull Racing specials from 20112012 and 2013.

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Once again hinting at the brand’s upcoming attack on the Nurburgring record it claimed back in 2011 but lost earlier this year, the French car maker says more details related to its #under8 social media campaign will be released on June 16.

Orders for the new Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy open in France on June 3, with prices starting at 38,000 euro ($55,488).

Locally, the cheapest way into a current-spec Renault Megane RS 265 is via the LSD-free RS 265 Sport, priced from $36,990 driveaway. The most expensive is the RS 265 Trophy+, which is listed at $51,640 plus on-road costs.

Turbo power for new Renault Twingo

The new Renault Twingo aims to recapture the spirit of the Renault 5, according to company boss Michael van der Sande.

He revealed that the Twingo will be the latest step in the rebirth of Renault’s range. The firm is “working through [the] range, looking for model opportunities – that will include big cars,” said van der Sande. The new Twingo made its debut at the Geneva motor show today.

That’s some big shoes to fill if they wish to recapture the spirit of the Renault 5 but with the rear wheel drive it’s certainly going to be a fun car to drive.

The Twingo uses a pair of newly developed three-cylinder engines. The first is a modified version of the existing 898cc TCe 90 unit developing 89bhp and 100lb ft, which is canted over at 49 degrees to maximise interior space. The second engine is a unit of the same capacity producing 69bhp and 67lb ft. Both will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox at launch.

Renault chief designer Laurens van den Acker said that the new Twingo’s shape was inspired not just by the ground-breaking original 1992 model, but also by the classic Renault 5, one of the definitive European hatchbacks.
“Moving the action [drivetrain] to the back gives fantastic advantages,” he added. “It increases interior space and wheelbase and shortens the overhangs.”

Renault said that work on the replacement Twingo began in 2008 and explored the rear-engined format as the basis for a new city car.

The company said, “The aim was to create an even roomier and more agile city car, despite its smaller footprint. Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.”

Renault has a history with this layout, notably with the Dauphine and Renault 8.

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Information and images courtesy of www.autocar.co.uk

 

CARnivale Australia Day Sydney

By:- Alistair Brown
Once again the RCCA drew the short straw and we had to be in at the Domain car park by 6.10am to enjoy a sausage sanger and cup of tea. The organization was not quite as good as in previous years with no show bag and no staff at the entrance to tell us where to go. However, no complaints, it’s Australia Day so our little contingent consisting of Roger Copp in the green 750, Trevor Farroll in the maroon Dauphine, Bob Billiards in the blue 8G and me in the green 16TS set off at 7.10am and were parked outside the main side door to St Mary’s Cathedral.

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We noted that some of the usual attendees must’ve been at the 50 th Jugiong. We did find another Renault, a yellow Floride
with a flash interior. The owner, Peter Thomas had bought the car about 8 months previously from a Mexican. He is a member of several other clubs but we hope he joins us. After a few early showers and some cool breezes, the day warmed up and the crowds kept coming.
It is always such a pleasant day watching the passing parade and seeing other cars. Nearby was a Willys Overland and I was reminded of my friend in the CMC, Alex, who, when interviewed by a female reporter from the local paper was asked how many Willys he had, replied quite sincerely that he had two Willys.

On display were some supercars including what we used to call affectionately a Lamborghini Pants Tearer. My favourite was a blue metallic Lamborghini Espada. During the afternoon my grandson came in to see the Wiggles Show. There were more prams there than outside Rooty Hill RSL on pension day. My grandson sat on my shoulders for a view of Emma (daughter of our esteemed Auditor) driving the Big Red Car. It was a day to meet all sorts of friends and acquaintances ranging from club members (Steve, David, Corey, Danny, Chris etc) to The Big Kahunah from  Renault Australia, based in Sydney (John) with whom we wish to strike up an enduring relationship. Then it was 5pm and the big charge commenced to get out of Sydney. Thanks Carnivale for another successful show. Thanks also to members who took the trouble to display their cars.