Journal: What Do You Think Of The Alpine Vision Concept?

What Do You Think Of The Alpine Vision Concept?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
February 16, 2016
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Photography Courtesy of Renault

To quote Ice Cube, “Today was a good day”. Renault’s reborn sports car marque showed its final concept for what will go on sale later this year as a mid-engined, 4-cylinder, turbocharged sports car.

Looks like Alfa Romeo’s 4C and Porsche’s 4-cylinder 718 Cayman will get another rival—and though the Vision is still a concept and its specifications haven’t been formally announced, the company has finally let a few details on the production car slip.

First, its zero-to-60 time will equal or better that of the 4C, so you’re looking at 4.5 seconds—which isn’t far off from Porsche’s faster mid-engine machines, either.

Its weight is projected to be just 2,200 lbs (1,000 kg), which is a bit more than what the 4C is measured at. With Alpine’s access to the RenaultSport parts bin, expect to see its engine lifted from its hottest hatch and beefed up for canyon, Autobahn, and trackday duty.

I’ll save my impressions of its performance for the day I eventually get to drive the new Alpine—but what do you think of it so far?

(I haven’t seen it shown with a manual transmission yet, so there’s that…)

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Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

In Alpine project the French should have been more daring and put the design in a more advanced level in order to create a more unique presence of the car, without of course creating something extreme or outrageous. In the past their design was more advanced . Now they seem more conservative. Sign of the times????

Gophermonkey
Gophermonkey

While it do sent seem to hit the mark perfectly for everybody’s weekend sports dream, I can honestly say that I would absolutely love to have one as my daily. The design, in my eye, is elegant and unique, unlike any car I see on the road. If it does share the engine from the Alfa, than I would be happier still. The only problem I have with it as it stands is that I can’t afford one and I’ll never see it in the US.

Peter Ferri
Peter Ferri

I think that it’s a good start – albeit a departure from the ordinary. Some more crisp lines would be welcomed. Although not like the ruined new mini or fiat 500. Small chrome accents like the model it was based after would be nice – nobody does that anymore. Also manual gearbox is a must to get the enthusiasts (that are actually fans of Alpine) to buy one; if they don’t do that, Alfa is building another failure.

Hayden
Hayden

It has more Alpine A108 than A110 in it. Which I’m not sure I like… too soft around the edges. It just doesn’t look French enough for me. The concept looks good on it’s own, but it doesn’t compare well with the charm of the original Alpine.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

it looks great but don’t make alfa’s mistake of not offering a manual gearbox.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

The ” Is You Is or Is You Ain’t ” on again .. off again CaterPine now reduced to the Alpine due to a bloody divorce between Caterham and Alpine ? Styling ? Bland as a refrigerator with cues ranging from Toyota Camry’s right on down to the SubaYota / ToyaRu twins Projected price ? Well into Cayman./ Boxster twins territory which means despite Porsche switching over to the dark side [ Turbos ] the CaterPines sales are hampered and handicapped from the minute it comes into the light of a production day . Add in Lotus’s much improved Evora… Read more »

rene Porsche
rene Porsche

I kind of disagree. Of course looks is a matter of personal taste, but I own a A110 (1969) and, for it’s worth, I am not pulled off at all by this reinterpretation.
Of course I quite like/love the Cayman, but if the new Alpine comes at decent price (a bit cheaper than the Porsche) and that the overall package is as nice as it looks on the picts, and the engine is as good as what Renault Sport can do with a turboed 4cyl, I would be tempted to place an order right now honestly.

GPH
GPH

I read these comments by Guitar Slinger a few days ago and thought how unusual for a Petrolicious reader to be so inaccurate and negative but thought I’d leave you to your sad rant but I see you have repeated these comments on the latest feature on the Press unveil so I’m wondering why you are on such a downer? you can’t be a disgruntled Alpine customer after all! Where most manufacturers are more interested in building hybrids and talking about google connectivity (!) Renault are to be applauded on spending money to bring back what is a great Brand… Read more »