The French automaker, a subsidiary of Renault, has recently introduced the Alpine Vision concept that is used as a pre-production preview for the model sloted to be revealed before the start of 2017.
We have here a concept that is said to represent about 80 percent of the final design – and the prototype is here with a vintage-flared design. The model has been introduced during a special event taking place in Monte Carlo and both have a distinguishable connection to the classic Alpine’s rally success. The Vision concept will feel familiar because it’s an evolution of the Celebration concept presented last year and we’re being told this time around what we have here is 80 percent off the model that will go down the assembly lines. Renault-owned Alpine says we’re being treated here to a “high-performance, elegant, lightweight car dedicated to driving pleasure in its very purest form.” As such, we have classic proportions, a mid-engine powertrain and a focus on lightweighting techniques – making us look at Alpine as an interesting future competitor for the British Lotus badge.
Specifications are still on the rumored side, but the road-production vehicle is tipped to tip the scales at just 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms) – we also don’t know anything about the engine either. But there the mill is also active and is labeling the Clio RS as the provider of the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline that would be stretched to 1.8 liters and about 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) inside the base version. Power should go up to 300 hp (224 kW) for the flagship variant and transmission choices will most likely be limited to the seven-speed, dual-clutch EDC gearbox. What we know for sure is the road-going version will make the 62 mph (100 km/h) run in no more than 4.5 seconds.
The concept’s cockpit is driver-oriented and has a minimalist but modern approach with few buttons and knobs – the cabin also employs a combo of leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber. There’s also a Sport mode to make the car more agile and allow you to thoroughly enjoy the bucket seats with complete harness. Alpine will take the wraps off the production version model before the end of the year with first deliveries to take place during the second quarter of 2017.