Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Renault | posted February 17, 2016 11:24
Alpine reborn for the 21st century
The Alpine brand is slowly coming to life with their latest concept, the Alpine Vision. According to industry executives, the production Alpine sports car is set to debut later this year.
Renault held a special event in Monaco to debut the new concept car which is “80%” of the car that will be on sale late 2016. This latest concept comes 8 months after Renault completed its acquisition of Caterham to develop the all-new sports car and the debut of the Celebration concept during last year's 24 hours of Le Mans. Reports suggest that this new Alpine model will be called the AS1.
As for this new concept, it draws inspiration from the iconic A110 that competed in the World Rally Championship in the 70's. The round headlights, door mounted mirrors and wraparound rear windshield are reminiscent of the 70's icon. Set to challenge the likes of the Lotus Elise, the Alpine is a mid-engined sports car. Renault bills the concept as a “high-performance, elegant, lightweight car dedicated to driving pleasure in its very purest form”.
Inside, it's gets leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber trimmings for the seats, dash and center console. Speaking of its center console, toggles and switches dominate that area and, to stay in tune with the times, the Alpine Vision also comes with a touchscreen. Noticeably missing is a gear shifter, suggesting that the car channels its power through Renault's 7 speed dual clutch gearbox but nothing has yet to be confirmed as of now. The Alpine Vision concept is strictly a two-seater as it is a mid-engined car.
Like its transmission, the engine lineup has yet to be confirmed but it would appear that the Clio RS engine will be among the available engines once the car starts production. Likely engines include a 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder or a bespoke 1.8 liter engine which is also turbocharged.