Alpine Alpenglühen concept teased | 7NEWS

The Alpine Alpenglow is the first concept car of the brand’s new all-electric era and will be fully unveiled tomorrow before making its real-life debut at next week’s Paris Motor Show.

Apparently designed for the racetrack, the Alpenglow features wide fenders surrounding a small domed cab, presumably with a centrally located seating position.

Up front is a full-width light bar framed by large triangular sections with a broken glass light effect. We assume this alludes to the car’s name, which Alpine describes as “a horizontal streak of red-tinged light”. [which] appears on the mountains before sunrise and after sunset”.

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There’s also an illuminated red stripe that runs up the front bumper and along the central spine of the hood.

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Regardless of whether the Afterglow itself goes into production, it signals a change in the design direction of the French sports car brand and is said to preview the styling of its new cars “both on the road and in competition”.

It marks quite a departure from Alpine’s only current vehicle, the A110, which can be described as classically beautiful but without any overt aggression.

Launched in 2017 as a Porsche Cayman competitor, the coupe has numerous design details reminiscent of the original model from the 1960s and 1970s, including the four round headlights and the overall silhouette.

While the car was well received by enthusiasts and the press, it became clear that it could not sustain the brand on its own.

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Over the next few years, Alpine will be relaunched with an A110 successor as well as hotter versions of upcoming Renault vehicles.

On the sports car front, there will be an electric replacement for the A110, based on the e-sports platform developed by Lotus.

Alpine will also effectively replace Renault Sport as the parent company’s performance sub-brand. The Alpine name is attached to high-performance variants of the Renault 5 Hatch and Renault 4 Crossover.

The brand left Australia in 2021 after the A110, like so many other niche vehicles, broke Australia’s Design Rule 85, which governs side collisions.

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James Brien

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