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Alpine Vision Concept looks ready to battle Porsche, Lotus (pictures)

Renault has pledged to bring back French automaking brand Alpine, and here's the latest proof -- the Vision Concept, which leans heavily on the legendary A110 coupe for its design.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Expect very compact dimensions and a focus on light weight in the production Alpine.

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The Alpine Vision Concept is said to be 80 percent representative of a production model due next year.

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The Vision Concept's nod to the storied A110 sports car is obvious.

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The Vision Concept is mid-engined, unlike all other Alpines before it, which were rear-engined like the Porsche 911.

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The split-light front-end design is this concept's clearest visual link to the A110.

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The Vision Concept's rear three-quarter view is very attractive, with a powerful stance.

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Those wide fender flares add visual aggression and promise planted handling.

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It's no surprise the Alpine Vision Concept is being shown in these hues -- they're a riff on French racing colors.

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Back to front, this Vision Concept is unexpectedly handsome and modern.

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A unique open-wheel design shows off seriously large brake hardware.

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Think parent company Renault doesn't have renewed motorsports ambitions for its Alpine brand?

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Simple controls and a large TFT display dominate the driver-focused cockpit.

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No manual transmission here, this is a paddle-shift unit.

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Good visibility is important in sports cars, if often hard to come by. This concept looks better than most.

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Supportive-looking seats and racing harnesses telegraph intent.

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Alpine built its legend on mountain corners like this.

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There's a bit of Audi in the concept's rear lighting, but that's no bad thing, is it?

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The future looks brighter for the Alpine brand than it has in years.

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