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Renault’s Alpine arm could be planning to use next month’s 24 Hours of Le Man endurance race to reveal a first look at its coming 'Alpine Sport 1' coupe.

Talk of a new dedicated sports car from the reborn Alpine brand first surfaced in 2007, but the first genuine sign came in 2012 with the unveiling of the Nissan-powered A110-50 concept.

Now, after the 2014 collapse of a technology deal with Caterham and a tilt at endurance racing, Alpine is now understood to be less than a year away from launching its new AS1 sports car.

According to French magazine Challenges, a first look at the first new Alpine will come next month, in the form of a concept car that will preview the final production design.

The revived Alpine brand’s styling language remains a mystery for now, although Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker has promised a faithful modernisation of the classic Alpine A110 design.

“The vehicle that seduced people was the A110, so it would be irresponsible of me not to realise people’s dreams of what this car should be. I will give them what they want, but it will be with a modern twist,” van den Acker told the UK’s Autocar in 2013.

“Think of the Mini and Fiat 500 as examples of retro designs that have been modernised - that is the feel I am hoping for.”

The recent Alpine Vision Gran Turismo gaming concept (above), although a dramatically stylised approach, may offer a few clues as to the new car's finer details.

Official details of the new coupe are thin on the ground, although it is understood that an ultra-lightweight design and power in the neighbourhood of 185kW are on the cards.

Technologies from across the Renault and Nissan operations will feature, and it is believed that partner Daimler has also been tapped for the experience of its AMG tuning house.

Like earlier Alpine models, a two-seat layout and rear-mounted 2.0 litre Renault engine is expected, driving the rear wheels.

Renault is expected to position the car as a rival to Audi's TT, along with the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Boxster.

Production is expected to begin toward the end of 2016, suggesting that even if an unveiling does not occur next month, our first look will not be far away.

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