► Alpine announces prices from £46k
► Order books now open for 2017 coupe
► Launch edition of 1955 cars confirmed
French comeback sports car brand Alpine announced today that the order bank for the new 2017 coupe is now open.
In France, the as-yet-unnamed sports car will cost from ‘between €55,000 and €60,000’ when first deliveries start in late 2017, the company revealed.
Call it £46k-£51k in sterling, give or take a Brexit wobble or two. And those prices are on-the-road, after-tax costs.
Alpine confirms 1955 launch edition models
Early birds can swoop on one of 1955 launch special editions, badged appropriately enough the very Gallic-sounding Première Edition.
Why 1955? That’s the year Jean Rédélé founded Alpine. All the launch cars will be in blue, black or white.
Sadly not in the psychedelic blur of these prototypes released in official new photographs. Note the very retro arcing rear screen (below).
They're clearly going to closely ape the look of the concept car.
‘Alpines made such a mark because of the elegance of their designs, their nimble handling and their memorable successes in world-class motor racing and rallying,’ said managing director Michael van der Sande.
‘The interest that the announcement of Alpine’s return has generated across the globe inspired us to give sports car enthusiasts and Alpine fans early opportunity to reserve the new car.’
What else do we know about the Alpine?
Not a huge amount yet. These three new photos have been issued and Renault has confirmed the car’s 4.5sec 0-62mph time - it’ll be fast, for sure - but the full story is being held back for spring 2017.
Reservations can be made with a €2000 deposit via Alpine’s app available on the official website: www.alpinecars.com.
Click here to read our earlier scoop on the Alpine coupe.