THE RENAULT ALPINE A110-inspired Vision Concept will take on the Porsche Cayman in 2017.
It has been on the cards for some time now, but it looks as if Renault is finally set to revive the long-missed Alpine brand.
The Alpine Vision Concept is very nearly production ready and packs a four-cylinder turbo-charged Renaultsport engine which will enable it to hit 62mph in less than 4.5 seconds when it goes on sale in 2017.
The Alpine Vision Concept manages the neat trick that not everyone has been able to pull off *cough* Chrysler PT Cruiser *cough* of being both retro-styled but modern a fresh, borrowing enough styling cues from the achingly cool Alpine A110, but not relying on it entirely.
“Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault,” said Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault, Carlos Ghosn. “Earlier this month we announced our return to Formula One 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.”
Clearly, Renault is investing serious cash in performance cars at the moment, with their newly re-bought F1 team, their increased involvment in Formula E and the relaunch of the Alpine road-car division, the race division having already seen some success in LMP2.
Renault has it’s eyes on an extremely big scalp, aiming to take on the Porsche Cayman with the new Alpine, but given its track record with hot hatches, current RS Clio aside, maybe the men and women in Stuttgart should be worried? It’s already got the mini Porsche beaten in the looks department, but as Alfa Romeo proved with the 4C, you need more than just a pretty face to make a commercial success.
We say, roll on 2017 and one hell of a group-test!