Fans of the Alpine A110 will notice a few callouts present in the Alpine Vision’s design. The narrow ridge on the middle of the hood is instantly recognizable, while quad headlights up front recreate the shape of the A110’s front face and rally lights. The L-shaped character line running from the front fender and curving down toward the rear wheel is another homage to the classic model, as are the sloped C-pillars, curved rear window, and low rear decklid. “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,” said Alpine managing director Michael van der Sande, in a statement.
The interior is very driver-focused, with a snug cockpit and race-inspired controls. A trio of buttons controls gear selection, flanked by carbon fiber and a flashy red starter button with a plastic cover. Simple knobs and fighter jet-like toggle switches handle additional controls.
The Alpine Vision concept will spawn a production model that will debut later this year. Renault says the final version will be very close to the Vision concept’s design, weight, and capability. It will go on sale in 2017 in Europe before reaching other markets, but don’t hold your breath on it showing up in U.S. showrooms.