The Renault-parented sports car company has pulled a rabbit form the hat because while everyone was expecting the February 16 introduction to handle the eagerly-anticipated production car in fact the automaker is delivering another prototype.
Fortunately this time around the latest concept, set to follow in the footsteps of the 2012 A110-50 and 2015 Celebration, will be a preview prototype that is much closer to the production version that should be up for grabs starting sometimes next year. This third concept should deliver a very accurate preview of the road model and we’re now being teased to its interior – which actually reveals it may sport the automatic dual-clutch gearbox (EDC) – as we can see the paddles mounted behind the concept’s steering wheel. Other interesting amenities include a free-standing touchscreen for the infotainment system, a retro-inspired clock and some mechanical- metallic switches instead of buttons to bring us back to the early, classic days of sports cars. The dashboard looks simple and functional and we can also see a nice looking three-spoke steering wheel clad in leather and Alcantara, sporting the blue Alpine logo.
By the way, we can also notice the door panels are barren of trim and that hints towards the car’s lightweight construction – the latest rumors point towards a gross weight of about 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms). Matched to a reported 300-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol engine the Alpine sports car is shaping up as a feisty and fun sports car, and one that is allegedly not going to break the bank either.