The revival of Renault’s sports car division has taken another leap forward with the unveiling of the Alpine Vision concept in Monte Carlo.
While it isn’t a production car just yet, Alpine has scheduled the production version to arrive before the end of this year, with customer deliveries to begin in Europe early in 2017, and the rest of the world soon after.
But with an almost production-ready look, expect only small detail changes in the move from concept to production.
Taking stylistic cues from the Alpine A110 built between 1961 and 1977, the Alpine Vision features a mid-mounted four-cylinder turbo engine, with Alpine claiming a 0-100 km/h dash of less than 4.5 seconds.
Other key details for the car are yet to be released, so figures like power output - and even engine size are still under wraps, however a version of the Renault Clio RS 1.6 litre engine is tipped to power the eventual production version.
Inside, the Alpine Vision features a leather and Alcantara-lined two-seater cabin, dual TFT screens offering a range of performance readouts, and a sport-styles three-spoke steering wheel. The centre console offers push-button controls for an automatic gearbox, likely to be the same twin-cluch EDC automatic found in the Clio RS.
Thanks to its potential acceleration, Alpine’s as yet unnamed coupe will offer performance on par with high-end versions of the Lotus Elise and Porsche 718 Boxster, however, with no pricing details, it remains to be seen how closely Alpine’s contender sits to those rivals.
Established as a complete brand within the Renault empire, Alpine will operate with its own managing director, Michael van der Sande, and after the introduction of the road car will turn its attention to establishing a racing program.
“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”, Mr van der Sande said.
“Our Alpine Vision show car is immediately recognizable as an Alpine yet resolutely modern. We look forward to revealing the production model later this year.”
Expected to arrive wearing A120 badges, the Alpine program was initially conceived as a joint venture with Caterham. In 2014 however, Renault purchased Caterham’s 50 percent share of the venture and assumed full control of the program.
Production will take place at Renault’s Dieppe factory, the original home to the Alpine brand and current production facility of the Clio RS.
An Australian launch for Alpine is on the cards, with left- and right-hand-drive production expected to start at the same time, meaning a potential launch as early as Q2 2017 in Australia.
Catch the Alpine Vision concept in action in the somewhat overdone video below.
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