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Renault relaunches Alpine with ice-cool Vision

Renault relaunches Alpine with...
Renault says it wanted to marry "elegance, agility and authenticity" in launching a new Alpine
Renault says it wanted to marry "elegance, agility and authenticity" in launching a new Alpine
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Renault says it wanted to marry "elegance, agility and authenticity" in launching a new Alpine
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Renault says it wanted to marry "elegance, agility and authenticity" in launching a new Alpine
The Alpine Vision is a mid-engine two-seater coupé
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The Alpine Vision is a mid-engine two-seater coupé
The Alpine Vision will accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in under 4.5 seconds
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The Alpine Vision will accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in under 4.5 seconds
The current version of the Alpine Vision is a show car
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The current version of the Alpine Vision is a show car
A production version of the Alpine Vision is due to be unveiled before the end of the year
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A production version of the Alpine Vision is due to be unveiled before the end of the year
The Alpine Vision has a low profile and a smooth, sculpted body
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The Alpine Vision has a low profile and a smooth, sculpted body
The Alpine Vision is lightweight to help achieve agile handling
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The Alpine Vision is lightweight to help achieve agile handling
The interior of the Alpine Vision is designed to focus on driving pleasure
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The interior of the Alpine Vision is designed to focus on driving pleasure
The Alpine Vision
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The Alpine Vision
The Alpine Vision is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine
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The Alpine Vision is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine
The Alpine Vision's engine is newly created by Renault Sport
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The Alpine Vision's engine is newly created by Renault Sport
The production version of the Alpine Vision will go on sale initially in Europe, followed by other markets worldwide
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The production version of the Alpine Vision will go on sale initially in Europe, followed by other markets worldwide
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Having announced plans in 2012 to relaunch the Alpine marque, Renault has today made good on its word. The just-unveiled Alpine Vision show car is a preview of a production version that will go on sale next year. The two-seater coupé will accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in under 4.5 seconds.

Renault says it wanted to marry "elegance, agility and authenticity" in launching a new Alpine, and the Vision is certainly a demure and stylish-looking thing. It has a low profile and a smooth, sculpted body, with few sharp angles or edges. In addition, the weight has been kept down to try and achieve precise handling.

Inside, there is a focus on driving pleasure, with plush materials used throughout. Quilted leather upholstery is offset by aluminum highlights, such as for the door sill and center console, while other materials used include microfiber fabrics and carbon fiber. Bucket-style seats, a three-spoke steering wheel and gear-shift paddles contribute to the sense of sportiness.

The Vision is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine built by Renault Sport. The production version of the car is expected to be revealed before the end of the year. It will go on sale initially in Europe, followed by other markets worldwide. There's currently no word on price.

The video below provides a look at the Alpine Vision.

Source: Renault

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2 comments
Jason Catterall
But will it still be made of plastic and smell of cat piss?
kwalispecial
It looks like a mid-90s Toyota Celica.