The Alpine A120 sports car will be made largely from aluminium, parent company Renault has confirmed.
Latest images from the Dieppe plant in which the car will be built show various unfinished parts of the upcoming mid-engined coupé. Alpine boss Michael Van Der Sande has confirmed that aluminium would be used to save weight and, the manufacturer claims, produce a high-quality finish.
The A120 will first be seen at the Geneva motor show in March, but we've already seen much of the car through spy shots, a video leak and the initial concept, to which the production car appears to remain true.
Initially, 1955 examples of a Premier Edition-badged A120 will be made in order to celebrate the car's launch. They will be available in 12 countries before right-hand-drive markets are offered the car some months later. A £1700 deposit secures one of these early cars, which can be specified via a bespoke Alpine app. Three colours are available; black, white and blue.
Powering the coupé will be a mid-mounted 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, derived from the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit of the Renault Clio RS. An output of 250-300bhp is expected, equating to a confirmed 0-62mph time of 4.5sec.
The site says the car will be priced between €55,000 and €60,000 (between £46,750 and £51,000), making the A120 a direct rival to the Porsche 718 Cayman. A Porsche Macan-rivalling SUV is also coming from Alpine, but not before a convertible variant of the A120 appears.