Re-born Alpine unveils lightweight aluminium chassis

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Alpine's Twitter account revealed some exclusive new details and pictures of the company’s upcoming sports car this morning.

In truth there wasn’t much info released, but one of the pictures did give us our very first look at the Alpine’s bare naked chassis, revealing that both the structure and skin will be made from aluminium. The chassis appears to be bonded and riveted together, like an Aston Martin’s, while a second pic of the front wings showed that they are made of aluminium too, and not cheaper, simpler composite.

Aluminium wings, not composite…

So while the styling might ape the 1950s' Alpine A110 (pictured below, with the concept car, which will make it almost unchanged to production), the construction is quite different, the old timer employing a fibreglass body draped over a steel backbone. Predictably, the newbie will be way quicker too. There were no new tech details released today but we know the Alpine will come with a turbocharged four-pot related to the one in the Renault Clio RS, and mounted in the middle, not the rear of the car, like in previous Alpines. It drives the rear wheels and the 0-62mph time will be 4.5 seconds.

Expect the interminable drip of info to last a while yet: the so far unnamed Alpine doesn’t go on sale until late 2017 – or 2018 if you’re stuck with right-hand drive.

And if you want to be first on the list, you've got to get the Alpine Première Édition too, with 'exclusive appointments'. 1955 of those will be be built, a nod to the year Alpine founder Jean Rédélé established the brand, which each costing around €60,000. Expect the regular car to be a reasonable amount less.

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