It was only a matter of time before Renault announced the return of its resting Alpine brand. The clues were obvious when the French carmaker first introduced the Renault Alpine A110-50, followed by the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo and more recently, the Renault Alpine Celebration. The combined effort of all this endeavours culminates into this, the Alpine Vision, a “concept” that previews an upcoming rival for the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT.
Drawing upon Alpine’s legacy with the iconic Alpine A110 Berlinette from 1966, the “concept” looks very much like Alpine’s 60th birthday gift, save for the throwback blue/orange livery, and with a few tweaks here and there. Thankfully, the retro auxiliary headlamps as seen on the A110 are still here, along with the slender side mirrors. The primary headlights appear to be of the LED variety, with typical French craziness in their design (just look at the image!).
At the rear, the Alpine vision loses some of its racing bits, where a more conventional rear window (minus the ventilation holes) is put in place, although the horizontal slates at the window’s base is retained. Elsewhere, the small rear wing has been ditched, and the twin-tailpipe setup has been condensed into just the one positioned in the middle of the car’s rear apron.
While the Alpine Celebration was devoid of an interior, the road-going Alpine Vision features a very modern-looking one, with plenty of lights and gizmos to keep you busy. The amount of details in the cabin is truly mesmerising, from the air-con vents to the instrument cluster, controls, typeface and quilted leather bucket seats. Add a bit of carbon-fibre garnishing and you’ve got a future-forward Alpine specialty.
As for its engine, Renault has merely stated that it will get a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine built by Renault Sport. Pair that to the vehicle’s undisclosed low weight, and you’ll get a car that makes the century sprint in a targeted time of less than 4.5 seconds.
Even though Renault is referring to the Alpine Vision as a show car (concept), it certainly appears production-ready to our eyes. Over the next 12 months, the Alpine team will focus on developing the production version of the Alpine Vision, which is said to retain much of what we see here. Sales of the car is expected to start in 2017 initially in Europe before hitting other markets.