It's been many decades since we last saw Alpines on the road or more importantly, on a rally stage. The French marque created some stunning and influential cars during the 60s and 70s, achieving fame in the Monte Carlo Rally with a 1-2-3 finish.
It was an incredible feat to outright win the World Rally Championship, beating the likes of Porsche, Lancia and Ford - all titans in the stage at the time. Not much has happened since the 90s when their last model was made and the factory is now used for the Renault Sport range but that's all about to change.
The all-new Alpine Vision was unveiled at Monaco this week and is already being dubbed a prime rival to the Porsche Boxster 718. It's a 2 seater mid-engined sports car, with lines and hints of the original rally Alpine making its way into the design. It's currently a concept but Renault are prepared to put it into production, being careful to mention that it will take time but it will be worth it.
Renault aren't messing around with a concept shell and no inners - the Vision is tipped to have 250bhp as standard with a sports model boasting near on 300. That, combined with a confirmed 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds certainly isn't to be sniffed at.
You can expect to see the car on sale next year, along with their other range of vehicles to soon be launched.