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Alpine Previews 2016 Comeback with Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/28/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Renault is looking to revive the Alpine brand in 2016, or more than 20 years since its last sports car was produced. But before we see a production model, Alpine is previewing its comeback with the Vision Gran Turismo that is making its debut both in the virtual world and at a large auto show.

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Gamers can download the lightweight coupe on Gran Turismo 6 for free starting in March. A real-life rendering of the model has debuted this week at the Festival Automobile International in Paris, France.

The Gran Turismo model takes inspiration from the Alpine A110 up front, with circular lights and a sloping V-shaped hood that is creased in the center for a dramatic look. Additional cues come from the A210 and A220 models, as seen in the vertical fins at the rear. These historical accents mix with a modern aerodynamic design with hydraulically activated airbrakes and a splitter that directs airflow along the sides of its body. The model is available in three color schemes: white with blue, matte black, and orange and blue inspired by the Alpine A450.

Exposed from the outside is the race car's double-wishbone suspension. The car comes fitted with a carbon monocoque and a mid-rear V-8 engine capable of producing 450 horsepower. The engine is paired with an upgraded seven-speed sequential gearbox and rear-wheel drive.

As Alpine heads into its 60th anniversary, it will focus its efforts on producing a new sports car by the end of 2016. The following year, the car will be sold in Europe and other emerging-market economies with a rear-mounted engine, head of Alpine Bernard Ollivier told Reuters in a recent interview. According to the report, the French automaker expects average annual production to hit 5000 initially, before leveling off to around 3000 cars per year. Alpine previously planned to build a production vehicle with British sports car firm Caterham Cars, but that partnership ended last year. We last reported that development of that car, which could take after the A110-50 concept of 2012, was on track for its 2016 launch.

Alpine Previews 2016 Comeback with Vision Gran Turismo Concept Alpine Vision Gran Turismo© Provided by MotorTrend Alpine Vision Gran Turismo

In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, which joins other recent Vision GT entries from Nissan, Infiniti, and Chevrolet.

Source: Renault, Reuters

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