Renault chooses Monte Carlo as the scene of Alpine’s revival, with further details of the new sports car model revealed
More than 20 years since the last Alpine rolled off the line at Dieppe, Renault is re-launching the marque – in Monte Carlo, the scene of Alpine’s famed rally victories in 1971 and 1973.
Technical details are scant for now, as the car is slated for launch in 2017, but Alpine is aiming high: expect performance in the region of 0-62mph in ‘less than 4.5 seconds’ from its four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Think of it as a rival to the Alfa Romeo 4C and the forthcoming four-cylinder Porsche 718 Boxster.
As Antony Villain, director of design at Alpine, says: ‘The Alpine Vision show car ticks all the boxes expected of a modern, exclusive Alpine sports car. It blends a fiery spirit inspired by motor sport success, with Alpine’s legendary expertise and a French flavour that can be found in every detail. The Alpine Vision is aimed at aficionados and connoisseurs, and 80% of the style of our forthcoming road car will be reflected in it.’
So, the final production car should look quite a lot like the pictures you see here. And it’s clear that the main visual influence is the classic A110 Berlinette that scored those historic rally wins – more than just a win in 1973, in fact a 1-2-3. Alpine became part of Renault in 1973, and the last car produced by the marque was the A610 of 1991 to 1995.
For now, we’ll give the last word to Bernard Ollivier, Alpine’s CEO: ‘Launching the next-generation Alpine, a brand originally founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955, carries with it significant emotion and responsibility. For all of the teams involved, this exciting project represents an incomparable opportunity and a real adventure. Alpine’s very name embodies performance and the purest form of driving pleasure.’
You can find out more in the May 2016 issue of Octane magazine.
Words: Glen Waddington