Alpine sports car brand returns on the market. It was in 1973 when Renault bought Alpine. In 2012 that French automaker Renault announced that it is planning to partner with British track car specialist Caterham so they can develop a new platform to build a better future sports car for Alpine and a for Caterham.
In 2014, Caterham backed out from its plan to build a sports car and focused on its core track car range. Renault, on the other hand, has continued to develop the platform for its own sports car and now, the new spy shots of one of the prototypes are all over the internet.
The design is almost identical to the one on the previous Alpine Vision unveiled by Renault in 2016. The hood lines, the arrangement of the quad-headlight, and the panels that make up the side windows all remind of the old Alpines.
The name of the car keeps up with tradition as well. The name is not announced yet but most are expecting the car to be called an A120 to denote its link to A110 Berlinette produced between 1961 and 1977. The AS1 name is also expected.
The car seems to be a small, mid-engine sports car, probably powered by a turbocharged inline-4 spinning the rear wheel drive only. The engine will probably produce 270 horsepower, which means it will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds or less.
Production will take place, at Alpine’s original home of the Renault’s Dieppe plant in the north of France. A debut will take place in 2017. Unfortunately, the company has no plans to bring the car to the United States.