That is, unless you consider carmakers that haven’t actually built a car in decades.
The latest Vision Gran Turismo concept comes from Alpine, the Renault-owned brand that’s supposed to return next year with a new sports car after a long hiatus.
First, though, we have this sleek virtual concept car. It’s described as “an Alpine for the 21st century” and features a modern interpretation of classic racecar styling.
The fairing behind the driver’s seat looks like it was pulled off a Jaguar D-Type, and the hood over the passenger side (where the fuel tank appears to be) recalls old-school racing practices.
Of course, the rest of the car is thoroughly modern, and even borrows a bit from the well-received A110-50 concept in the form of those cool looking headlights.
The concept is powered by a 4.5-liter mid-mounted V8 that produces 450 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. It appears similar to the Nissan-sourced unit used in the current Alpine A450 LMP2 racer.
With the power sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed sequential gearbox, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is supposed to have a top speed close to 200 mph.
Like the other Vision Gran Turismo concepts, that performance will only be tested virtually. The car will be available for download in Gran Turismo 6 this March.
Expect the production Alpine sports car to show up sometime next year. The original plan was to develop it as a joint venture between Renault and Caterham, but after the British company backed out last year, Renault has been going it alone.
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