It’s nearly official. After years of stop-start speculation, the famous Alpine brand is firmly back on the rumour mill with a new sports car revealed in near-production form – it’s called the Alpine Vision Concept.
At the risk of sticking my head over the parapet, it seems pretty serious this time.
The shape previews the production model that Alpine bosses claim will be ready for sale next year, hitting dealers in Europe first, before being released to global markets. While it looks okay, it’s no sculpted stunner like Alfa’s 4C. It looks bloated, if I’m honest.
The newcomer is of course still strictly a concept, but Alpine says 0-62 mph can be achieved in 4.5 seconds, which will be due to its lightweight, mid-engine layout. The generous bodywork hides an all-new 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine with around 250bhp, which, if eventually true, the price of around £45,000-£50,000 is equally bloated.
There’s talk of a more powerful model to quickly follow the standard Alpine,
but one long-unfulfilled promise at a time eh, Alpine?
The Alpine Vision concept will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show next month, with the production car revealed before the end of 2016.