And it looks stunning.
After what seems like a century, the long-awaited andhighly anticipated Alpine sports car is one step closer to becoming a reality. Renault has finally managed to bring the Alpine brand back with whatlooks like a winner in the form of the Alpine Vision Concept. The concept was revealed at an event in Monte Carlo ahead of its world premiere atthe Geneva Motor Show next month. The mid-engined two-seat sports car is proof that the automaker is extremely close to coming out with a production version,which is said to debut later this year.
Alpine aims to have the production-spec sports cars inEuropean dealerships by 2017, which will be followed by global sales. We’ve seen Alpine’s concepts before, but this sports car is better looking and looks like it's ready for production. The finalname has not been confirmed yet, but Alpine may be planningto call it the AS1 or AS110. Regardless of what it may be called, the onlything that really matters is how the sports car drives. Alpine is keeping themajority of the concept’s technical specs to itself, but has released that theproduction car will utilize a turbocharged four-cylinder engine mounted right behind the driver. The four-cylinder engine is rumored to be similar to the RenaultClio RS’ 1.6-liter turbocharged motor.
Alpine has released that a production version of the sportscar will be able to get to 62 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, which would make itquicker than the Porsche Cayman GTS and Alfa Romeo 4C. The exterior design ofthe Vision Concept looks familiar to that of the Alpine Celebration Concept,which itself pays homage to the iconic Alpines from the 1960s and ‘70s. It’sbeen a long time since Alpine has released a production car and we hope the automakerdoesn’t mess this up. Alpine Managing Director Michael van der Sande believes that the sports car will put the brand back into the limelight.
“All of us at Alpineare proud to have been entrusted with the task of bringing back Alpine tosports car lovers around the world,” stated Sande. “Our job is to faithfully re-interpretfamous Alpines of the past and project Alpine into the future with abeautifully designed, agile, high-performance sports car. Our Alpine Visionshow car is immediately recognizable as an Alpine yet resolutely modern. Welook forward to revealing the production model later this year.”