The Alpine Vision is the latest in a string of concept cars that have sought to forecast what the French marque’s new model will look like, following the A110-50 concept of 2012, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo design revealed last year, and the more recent Alpine Celebration concept presented this past summer.
If you know your history of Renault’s sports car relative, you’ll recognize the design cues on the Alpine Vision Concept. The quad front lights, rear window shape and overall profile all unapologetically nod to Alpine’s exceedingly pretty A110, a sixties sports car with a strong rallying CV.
The Alpine Vision Concept is a near perfect modern interpretation of the A110 and it is a perfect competitor for Porsche’s 718 Cayman or the Alfa Romeo 4C. The Alpine Vision is driven by its rear wheels, the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine built by Renault Sport is mounted in the middle, and that operates through a twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox. The Alpine is expected to weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 2300 pounds and have between 250 and 300 horsepower.
“Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault,” said Carlos Ghosn, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO. “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.”