The Alpine Vision was unveiled as a show car last week on Monte Carlo’s Col de Turini – one of the most famous stages in world rallying. It was in 1973 that Alpine won the Monte Carlo Rally with its iconic A110 Berlinette…
Indeed much thought has gone into the design and agility of the Vision so as to remain faithful to the A110 Berlinette which has something of a famous following around the world.
The new sports car will go into production early next year and on sale, firstly across Europe, in 2017.
It will be made in Dieppe, France and will be powered by a new four-cylinder turbo-charged engine produced by Renault Sport’s engineers. Combined with the Vision’s anticipated low weight, it is expected the car will be able to accelerate from 0-100kph (62mph) in under 4.5 seconds.
“Motor sports and sportscars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault,” said Carlos Ghosn, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO. “Earlier this month we announced our return to Formula 1 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.”
It the Vision’s unveiling, it was also that priorities during the next 12 months will also include building up the project’s team and a network and, finally, to pursue racing.
Furthermore the project will be managed by a small team of passionate experts from within Groupe Renault. Michael van der Sande will lead as Alpine Managing Director and Antony Villain will head the design. Alpine will draw on the extensive resources of Groupe Renault and Renault Sport.
“All of us at Alpine are proud to have been entrusted with the task of bringing back Alpine to sportscar lovers around the world”, said van der Sande. “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 recognisable as an Alpine yet resolutely modern. We look forward to revealing the production model later this year.”