14 October 2016

Alpine Vision to become reality

A production version of Renault's Alpine Vision concept is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year, and go to market in 2017, writes Brian Byrne.

The car will compete with Alfa's 4C and the Lotus Elise. The format will be 2-seat and mid-engined.

The original Alpine cars were produced in the 1950s by a Dieppe garage proprietor, Jean Rédélé, who raced Renault 4CVs and later designed his own specials powered by Renault engines.

Renault bought the company in 1973, two years after Alpine had achieved a 1-2-3 result in the Monte Carlo Rally. Alpines continued to be produced through until 1995.

The Dieppe factory acquired by Renault originally is still in use, producing the sport versions of the brand's production cars such as Megane and Clio.

In February 2016 Groupe Renault's chief Carlos Ghosn unveiled the Alpine Vision, as part of a new programme to revive the Alpine name for Renault sports cars.