The French sporty brand, currently owned by Renault, has had a long way back to the forefront of the automotive industry – but the wait is almost over, as the marquee has announced the production variant of the Celebration concept would be introduced on February 16.
The Alpine revival could be a rival to the long and awaited rehash of the Italian luxury sports brand Alfa Romeo – but let’s stop drawing parallels from now on. Alpine is looking ready to deliver the official production version of its first car during the modern age – titled the “A120” in a nod to its spiritual successor, the famous A110. The model should pretty much reinterpret in a more production version-prone guise the Celebration prototype and thus sport a sporty and aggressive stance. We’re yet unsure what engine will be housed in the bay of the A120, though the latest rumors flying around the mill pit a turbocharged 1.8-liter that would be an evolution of the current 1.6-liter found under the hood of the Clio RS. For the Alpine A120 the powerplant should come with around 300 horsepower and it would again employ the Renault EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission. By the way, if you’re worried about performance we can tell you the reports indicate a lightweight A120 – at just 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg).
While the official reveal date has been tipped for February 16 don’t count on the Alpine A120 to come fast into the showrooms – Bernard Ollivier, the brand’s chief has said a while back the car would be offered on sale in 2017. The long process is said to be necessary to deliver the absolute perfection and once the A120 does hit the road it will take on such models as the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C.