Groupe Renault announced plans for a new Alpine sports car, and unveiled the Alpine Vision show car at the home of the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally and on the Col de Turini, site of some of racing’s most memorable moments. A small team of passionate experts within Groupe Renault will manage Alpine and they will follow one soul mission to meet and exceed the expectations of the demanding sport premium customer. The plan is not to relaunch a single model of alpine but as a brand sporting several sportscar models.
Speaking on this, Mr Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault said, “Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault. Earlier this month we announced our return to Formula One with a Renault team, and today we are announcing Alpine. This is an exciting next step in our strategy to leverage talent and technology between road and track, and we look forward to reaching new customers in the sport premium cars segment.”
The Alpine Vision combines sensual design with outstanding agility and is true to the great Alpine A110 Berlinette, which loved and admired by sportscar enthusiasts around the world. . Michael van der Sande will lead as Alpine managing director, and Antony Villain will head Alpine design. Alpine will draw on the extensive resources of Groupe Renault, and Renault Sport.
Commenting on this, Mr Michael van der Sande, Alpine managing director said, “All of us at Alpine are proud to have been entrusted with the task of bringing back Alpine to sports car lovers around the world. Our job is to faithfully re-interpret famous Alpines of the past and project Alpine into the future with a beautifully designed, agile, high-performance sports car. Our Alpine Vision show car is immediately recognizable as an Alpine yet resolutely modern. We look forward to revealing the production model later this year.”
Talking about the powertrain, the Alpine Vision is powered by a new 4 cylinder turbocharged engine, built by experts at Renault Sport, and its low weight will allow the car to bolt from 0 - 100 kmph in less than 4.5 seconds – the target for the future production model.
The new Alpine will go on sale in 2017 in initially in Europe, followed by other markets worldwide.