If Jesus had treated Lazarus' resurrection like Renault has treated that of its Alpine brand, Lazarus would have politely requested, "Please, leave me alone." In 2008, the Alpine's return was rumored to come riding on the platform of the Nissan 370Z. In 2009 the revival was declared D.O.A along with the co-developed Nissan 200SX. In 2010 it was back on, the new Alpine to be based on the reputation-making Alpine A110 Berlinette. In January of this year there were still rumors but still no car, with scuttlebutt pegging a concept showing at this year's Paris Motor Show.

Finally, just this month the goat entrails predicted a showing of a new Alpine at the Monaco Grand Prix, which arrives in the principality this weekend. And the leaked rendering pictured above of the Renault A110-50 concept is the very Alpine purportedly to be revealed on Friday. Looking more inspired by the Renault DeZir concept (right) from two years ago, with some uneven assistance from Photoshop, all Renault needs to do is omit the two supplementary nostrils on the leading edge and tell us where to send a deposit. The built-up concept is loosely based on a Renault Megane with a tube-frame chassis, hiding a 400-horsepower V6 amidships.

Not that it will ever be made, but at least we have something to look at now and perhaps even to touch come this Friday. Or could it get made? One more false start we neglected to mention was just last year when Renault scrapped the Alpine brand again, opting to provide a new roadster for its Renaulsport brand. The car proposed for that endeavor: a production version of the DeZir. We hope to know more on Friday, so stay tuned.


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      theharpyeagle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful ..................except - could Renault lose that badge on the tip of the nose? Or put it somewhere else? Looks too much of a resemblance to a large zit.
      Mike B
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is it with Renault always making sportcar concepts but never producing any?
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike B
        Same with Peugeot , with their awesome concepts that never get to see production.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans won't comment on this because they have no idea about this brand :)
        moredanyou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        know nothing? I know plenty. Also, i love the Renault Megane trophy. Beastly car.
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      lotus evora as the base for the pic right?
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @space
        Um... where do you see a Lotus Evora anywhere in this?! Those hood details are the only things that are REMOTELY close to an Evora, and even that is a stretch. And did you read what was on the screen or even look at the image of the DeZir concept?
          space
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          the hood vents and the windshield. I think it's a beautiful image though. now quit being dicks.
      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      At first glance i thought it was an Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Reuben Kincaid
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing isn't even close to touching the Fuego Turbo of the 80s!!!!!!
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure why they keep using the Alpine name as this is really true to the original car but I'd be down for them to build it. Not sure if it would be worth it but I could see them doing a limited run ala Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best concept I've seen in years.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if it's just a chop in Photoshop, those "nostrils" I suppose are evocative of the added driving lights so many Alpines sported back in the day. I like 'em, nice touch.
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