The Renault-owned sports brand – looking to stage its rebirth just like the Phoenix bird – has uncovered yet another secret pertaining to its upcoming sports car coupe.
It appears that its previewing concept’s lightweight body-hugging bucket seat will be retained, as it was specifically designed and developed for the equally lightweight coupe – set to fight off models such as the Porsche Cayman. The seat will tip the scales at just 13.1 kilograms (28.8 pounds), allowing Alpine to ponder how it developed a seat that is up to 50 Percent lighter than what the competition offers in the segment. The bucket is a one-piece shell and has visible support rails, with the quilting on the leather used as a tribute to iconic models such as the A110. Alpine states it has also reached the perfect mix – great lateral support for driving fast and optimum comfort when driving long.
The model is tentatively named by the rumor mill A120, and we already know it will have great aerodynamics – an entirely flat floor and a rear-mounted diffuser to aid airflow. We also got two previewing concepts for the design – Celebration concept in 2015 and Vision concept last year. The latter should be the best match for the design because the company has said about 80 percent of the styling will be transferred to the series model, so we have a retro design in place. No powertrain details have been spilled but Alpine said its sports car will sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just four and a half seconds.