Alpine Vision concept car hints at forthcoming production version's blistering performance and remarkable styling.
Renault Group promises new coupé to reach new customers
The Renault Group, Alpine Vision, concept car has been revealed in Monte Carlo marking the return of the manufacturer's legendary sub-brand. Details are sketchy, but it is 2-door coupé - that the company calls its “premium sports car” - which has a 4-cylinder, turbocharged, engine that propels it to 62mph in about 4.5 seconds.
Renault Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Ghosn, said: “Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault. Earlier this month we announced our return to Formula 1 with a Renault team; and today we are announcing Alpine”.
He added: “This is an exciting next step in our strategy to leverage talent and technology between road and track, and we look forward to reaching new customers in the sport premium cars segment.”
Alpine Vision styling is reminiscent of production predecessors such as the A110. The front lights, roof line, bonnet and curve of the rear window strike a particular cord with enthusiasts. The manufacturer claims this concept car incorporates “sensual design”.
The cabin has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, blue lighting, start/stop button – under a clear plastic flap to prevent accidental use - contrast stitches and dark coloured race seats. This mid-engined sports car also has a flat-screen display and paddles behind the steering wheel to operate the automatic gearbox.
Launch date and price tag
The Alpine Vision will now evolve into a production version for launch in 2017. Expect first deliveries in Europe followed by “other markets worldwide”. Renault expects its “design, weight, handling, agility and attention to detail” to be “very close” to the concept.
Rumours suggest this forthcoming sports coupé will cost from £50,000, but this has not been confirmed. Alternatives for a similar sum include the Jaguar F-Type Coupé 3.0 V6 340PS Supercharged, Porsche Cayman S 3.4 and BMW 4 Series 435d A xDrive M Sport.
Faithful reinterpretation of the brand
Alpine Managing Director, Michael van der Sande, explained: “All of us at Alpine are proud to have been entrusted with the task of bringing back Alpine to sports car lovers around the world”.
He added: “Our job is to faithfully reinterpret famous Alpines of the past and project Alpine into the future with a beautifully designed, agile, high-performance sports car. Our Alpine Vision show car is immediately recognisable as an Alpine, yet resolutely modern”.
Alpine also plans to “pursue racing” - including the 2016 World Endurance Championship at Le Mans - to build its sports coupé within Dieppe (France) and establish a network to sell its product.