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Following the preview of the Renault Alpine Vision, a camouflaged test mule has appeared to be testing on public roads in something close to production form. Following cues from the beautiful A110 classic, the Alpine here is mid-engined and rear-wheel-drive, said to produce approximately 250 hp from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

On the exterior, the headlamps and front bumper inset foglamps are carried over, with BMW-style corona rings as daytime running lights. Around the rear, the tail lamps feature the “X” graphic also seen on the concept car, as is the centrally mounted exhaust outlet.

Key rivals when the Alpine comes to market include the Audi TT S and the Porsche Cayman, and though the Alpine’s rumoured 250 hp output figure is some way below the Audi’s and the Porsche’s, it counters by weighing in at approximately 300 kg less than the Cayman. As rumoured before, the Alpine is expected to weigh about 1,100 kg.

Initially a joint venture with British sports car maker Caterham, the partnership has since dissolved after Renault bought out Caterham’s stake in Alpine, with the brand now fully under the purview of the French automaker.