Renault has torn the covers off its new Alpine Vision show car along with plans for a new production model.
At first glance, it is clear that the Alpine Vision takes design cues from the gorgeous A110 Berlinette, a car that was highly praised for its beauty and its racing credentials. We know that the Alpine Vision has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that launces the car from 0-100km in 4.5sec – Groupe Renault has said that this figure is a ‘target for the future production model’.
“Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault,” Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “Earlier this month we announced our return to Formula One with a Renault team, and today we are announcing Alpine. 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 will be managed by a team of experts within Groupe Renault. With Michael van der Sande as managing director and Antony Villain as head of design.
Groupe Renault and Renault Sport’s resources will be utilised heavily over the next 12 months as the team set out to build a production sports car. The road-going machine will be very similar to the Alpine Vision in regards to its design, weight and performance ability.
“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”, said Michael van der Sande, Alpine managing director. “Our job is to faithfully re-interpret 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 recognizable as an Alpine yet resolutely modern. We look forward to revealing the production model later this year.”
The French built machine will go on sale in 2017 in Europe, and will later make its way to other markets. We expect pricing and technical specifications to be released closer to the car’s completion.