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BACK TO BASICS: The Alpine Vision, unveiled to the world's media in Monte Carlo, will be powered by a four cylinder turbocharged engine. Image: Newspress

   Alpine Vision: sporty premium cars
   Future production model to be revealed before end of 2016
   Alpine to feed off Renault Sport and Formula 1

Monte Carlo, Monaco - 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, Renault announced plans for a new Alpine sports car - the Alpine Vision.

Carlos Ghosn, Renault chairman and CEO, said:"Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Renault. Earlier this month we announced our return to F1 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.”

Four-cylinder turbo engine

The Alpine Vision is powered by a new Renault Sport-sourced four cylinder turbocharged engine, with a 0-100 km/h time of less than 4.5 seconds quoted by the French automaker.

Alpine will be managed by a small team of passionate experts within Groupe Renault. Michael van der Sande will lead as Alpine managing director, and Antony Villain will head Alpine design. The team will draw on the extensive resources of Renault and Renault Sport.

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Van der Sande, Alpine Managing Director said: "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.”

On sale in 2017

The next 12 months will be spent on building an outstanding car, very close to today’s show car in terms of design, weight, handling, agility and attention to detail according to Renault. Priorities will also include building out the team and the network, and finally, to pursue racing.

Made in Dieppe, France, the new Alpine will go on sale in 2017 initially in Europe, followed by other markets worldwide.

ALFA ROMEO 4C RIVAL: Renault relaunched their sub-brand Alpine with a new four-cylinder powered sports car due in 2017. Image: Newspress


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