Several patent designs have emerged showing what could very well be a near production concept of the 2016 Alpine
Several patent designs have emerged showing what could very well be a near production concept of the 2016 Alpine.
It was only earlier this month when Renault introduced the Alpine Celebration concept at Le Mans and already it seems we have an early look at a more production-ready concept set be unveiled at a major auto show in the coming months, possibly in September at IAA. These patent designs were originally published on WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization so there are reasons enough to believe we are dealing with the real deal. It should be mentioned the pics date back to December last year, but it was only a few days ago when these were published on the website.
As you can see, it seems to stay true to the concept, but we do notice the rear wing and F1-like fog light are gone and now there's a centrally-mounted large hexagonal exhaust tip which has a chrome finish and is housed within a less aggressive diffuser. The double headlight arrangement familiar to Alpine fans has been kept and we can also look at the graphics of both front & rear lighting clusters.
The slim side mirrors and lack of conventional door handles clearly means this isn't a production car, but aside from that it looks just about ready to hit the assembly line. The finalized production could be sold as a standalone Alpine model without Renault's diamond logo and is expected to get a 1.6- or 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine working with a dual-clutch transmission all wrapped around in a very lightweight body.