2015 Renault/Caterham Alpine with Lotus Exige body spy photo 17.07.2013 [17th Jul, 2013] [17th Jul, 2013] [17th Jul, 2013] / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The co-developed Renault/Caterham Alpine revival has been spotted testing while wearing a Lotus Exige body.
Seeing a prototype disguised as another model is not a novelty in the automotive industry but when the borrowed clothes are from a different and unrelated car manufacturer it's a bit special. Seen here is a mid-engined two-door coupe with French license plates which will be sold both as a Renault and a Caterham.
From what we know so far, Caterham's version will be significantly cheaper than the Renault-badged model. Powering the cars could be a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine rated at up to 300 bhp (224 kW). There are also talks about an F1-derived KERS system but nothing is certain at the moment. We assume there will be differences in output between the two cars, specifically the Renault will be more powerful.
A concept of Caterham's Alpine (will have a different name) is expected after next year's Geneva Motor Show so most likely it will be unveiled in April of May 2014. Planned to rival the Porsche Cayman, Alfa Romeo 4C and Lotus Evora, the Caterham model will look "distinctively British" and will be immediately recognizable as a Caterham. Renault's version "won't be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5" but at the same time won't be soft, according to firm's marketing chief Stephen Norman. The Renault Alpine is scheduled to go on sale before the end of 2015.