The Vision closely previews Alpine's Cayman fighter.
Renault's resurrected Alpine brand has unveiled a new concept called Vision that previews its upcoming Cayman-fighting coupe.
The Vision is essentially a close-to-production version of the track-ready Celebration concept that was shown during last year's edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The overall design hasn't changed much, but the coupe gains more realistic-looking headlights, a less aggressive front bumper, specific alloy wheels, and LED tail lamps with a X lighting signature. Painted in Arctic White, the Vision borrows more than a few styling cues from the iconic A110 that was built during the 1960s and the 1970s.
Inside, designers have replaced the instrument cluster with a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen and fitted the center console with a large touch screen that runs the infotainment system. To position the coupe as a premium model, Alpine has added bucket seats upholstered with quilted leather upholstery, blue contrast stitching on the center console and on the door panels, as well as a generous serving of carbon fiber trim.
Alpine is keeping full technical details under wraps for the time being. All the company has revealed at this point is that the Vision hits 62 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds -- about on par with Porsche's 718 Boxster S -- thanks to a mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine designed by Renault Sport. The concept is fitted with a push-button automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Alpine explains about 80 percent of the Vision will be retained for production. Built in Dieppe, France, the final model -- which might be called A120 -- will be presented at the Paris Auto Show that will open its doors in the fall, and it will go on sale across Europe and in a handful of other overseas markets early next year. Pricing information hasn't been announced yet, but Alpine's first coupe of the 21st century is expected to undercut the Cayman by several thousand euros.