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After some fits and starts, Renault's sporty Alpine brand finally looks to return to European roads decades after going defunct. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the French company suggested one direction for its revival with the Alpine Celebration concept. While nowhere near as wild looking at the earlier A110-50, the latest show car looked far more ready for production. The Celebration also joined the festivities at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and was caught on video actually moving under its own power.

Renault is keeping mum about the concept's power, but seeing the Celebration going even at these low speeds proves there's an engine somewhere under the retro bodywork. Unfortunately, the concept doesn't sound great here. There's a little burble coming from the exhaust, but it hardly quickens the pulse. Hopefully, further tuning before arriving on the road can offer something a bit more exciting.

The rear-engine Celebration looks like a retro-inspired update of the classic A110. Rumors suggest Renault is taking the development seriously, though. The coupe reportedly borrows tech from the company's allies at Nissan and Daimler. A production version, possibly called the AS1, could offer around 250 horsepower in a lightweight body when it goes on sale in 2017. The newcomer would allegedly try to take on other sporty, European coupes like the Audi TT and lower-trim versions of the Porsche Cayman. Prices are believed to be around 30,000 to 35,000 euros ($34,000 to $40,000). Unfortunately, given Renault's absence from the US market, seeing them here looks quite unlikely.
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Alpine revival pushed back until at least 2017

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Must be "absolutely perfect" before launch

Renault has announced the resurrected Alpine sportscar won't be out sooner than 2017.
Bad news for those who were anxious to see the Alpine brand brought back to life as the production version of the Celebration concept will not be launched next year as originally planned. Speaking to Australian magazine Motoring, Renault's boss Bernard Ollivier said they won't rush things just for the sake of meeting next year's deadline.
Instead, Renault wants to take its time and make sure the car is "absolutely perfect" before hitting the assembly line which is now expected to occur in 2017. However, Ollivier cautioned the launch date could be pushed back even further until everything is ready.
He didn't disclose any details about what will power the Alpine, but the latest gossip indicates the availability of a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine adapted from the 1.6-liter TCe inside the Clio RS. It will allegedly be offered in three different states of tune: 250 PS (185 kW), 275 PS (205 kW) and 300 PS (220 kW). The engine is believed to work with an improved version of the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic gearbox.
Whatever engine it will get, the Alpine will be lightweight and agile according to Ollivier who went on to specify it will benefit from a series of technological innovations and will be true to the Alpine DNA.
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Alpine to finally show production car on February 16


Alpine has announced plans to introduce a production version of the Celebration concept on February 16.
It’s been a long time in the making, but the Alpine revival is finally set to go official and could be called “A120” as a way to reflect it’s the A110's spiritual successor. The attached black & white images emerged onto the web back in the summer of last year and show what is believed to be a near-production concept. The final product will come with bigger mirrors and possibly some other minor changes, but overall it will look a lot like this.


It remains a mystery at this point what will power the A120, but the latest gossip indicates it will come with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine derived from the 1.6-liter inside the Clio RS. In the Alpine A120, the motor is expected to have up to 300 horsepower and will be linked to Renault’s EDC automatic transmission. Rumors suggest the car will tip the scales at just 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg), so it should prove to be very fast.


Although it will be unveiled next month, the car isn’t expected to go on sale right away as Alpine boss, Bernard Ollivier, said several months ago the car is due in 2017. This is because it has to be “absolutely perfect” before hitting the assembly line which is why Alpine won’t rush to come out with an unfinished product.


There’s no word about the price tag, but we do know Alpine wants to compete with models such as the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C.
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Renault Alpine Vision concept has 80% final design

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Renault has taken the wraps off the Alpine Vision concept which previews a production model due before the year’s end.



The stunning concept featuring a retro-inspired design was unveiled today during a special event organized in Monte Carlo as a connection to the classic Alpine’s rally success. It’s basically an evolution of last year’s Celebration concept and this time Alpine says the design is 80% ready for the production variant.



Renault-owned Alpine labels the Vision concept as being a “high-performance, elegant, lightweight car dedicated to driving pleasure in its very purest form.” This is a mid-engined vehicle with a focus on a lightweight construction and rumors say the road-going car will weigh as little as 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms).



There’s still no word regarding what will power the revived Alpine sports car, but reports are indicating it will use the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline unit from the Clio RS. However, the engine is expected to receive a bump in displacement to 1.8 liters and will develop approximately 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) as standard. The range-topping model is expected to generate as much as 300 hp (224 kW).
Chances are the engine’s output will be channeled to the rear axle with help from a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox that will likely be the sole offering. Regardless of transmission, we do know for sure the production-ready Alpine will run the sprint to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in less than four and a half seconds.



As far as the interior is concerned, the cockpit is driver-focused and comes with a limited number of buttons and knobs to reduce distractions. The dashboard sends a bit of an Audi TT vibe and you will notice the cabin mixes up leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Two bucket seats with harnesses boost the cabin’s appeal and there’s also a Sport mode which upon activation should make the vehicle more responsive and agile.















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An official introduction of the production car will take place before the end of 2016 and the model is slated to go on sale in the second quarter of 2017. If the Alpine-branded sports car will be a success, other models will be launched in the following years, including an SUV.



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Here's How The Sexy New Alpine Could Be Sold In America



Yesterday, we wrote about Renault’s lovely-looking rebirth of the legendary Alpine A110, the mid-engined Alpine Vision concept. Renault says the car will be sold “across five continents.” Unless they’re counting Antarctica, that sounds like it could include the U.S. But which brand could sell it here?



Renault itself has been gone from the U.S. since 1987 when was still partners with lovable losers AMC. That year saw the last sad Alliance sold by a softly-weeping salesman at an AMC dealership.

Renault does sort of have a presence in the U.S., though, because Renault and Nissan are part of the same big happy Franco-Japanese alliance. There’s already different at least some market twinsies, like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, for example.
So here’s the question: if we are, in fact, getting this exciting new Alpine in the U.S., how will it be branded and sold? I was thinking about it, and came up with four possibilities:
They’ll make Alpine it’s own marque

Alpine is already set to be a semi-separate performance division of Renault, so it’s possible the car could come here, looking just like it does everywhere else, as an Alpine.
This would be similar to how Fiat is bringing the Alfa Romeo 4C to the US, re-introducing the brand here for (at least for now) that one car. Maybe they’ll just have Alpine sub-dealers at Nissan or Infiniti dealerships?
They’ll badge it as a Nissan

Of course, they could decide they’d rather keep things in the Nissan family, like they do now for a number of Nissans built on joint Nissan-Renault platforms. Besides, Nissan could use a new mid-engined halo sports car that slots in below the legendary GT-R, right? Of course.
If that happens, I suspect the styling that references the classic Alpine would be scrapped, and Nissan would perform some obscene plastic surgery on the car to give it Nissan’s often-unfortunate corporate mug. I’m not crazy about the way this looks. Well, the way I made it look, at least. I’m sure an actual car designer could do at least somewhat better.
I think they could call it the MID5, in reference to their MID4 concept car, and Nissan’s only real foray into mid-enginedom outside the Kei car arena.
They’ll badge it as an Infiniti

Someone at Nissan will probably think that the Alpine is just too high-class for the Versa-slinging Nissan, though. If that’s the case, they may want the Alpine to liven up Infiniti’s model range, which doesn’t really have a true sportscar as it is. The agile mid-engined Porsche Cayman-fighter would be just the thing.
Naturally, Infiniti wouldn’t have spent all that R&D money developing a truly world-class ugly stick (known internally as the Esthetic Worseninizing Wand, or EWW) if they weren’t going to use it, so I’d guess a face transplant to include some hint at their corporate grille and long, angry headlights would be expected.
For naming, I think they’d work with Infiniti’s Q-based scheme, and hint at the cars origin by calling it the QA110.
They’ll really grow a pair and badge it as an AMX

Here’s the wildcard. Maybe, just maybe, someone at Renault will find that a return to the U.S.—even in this limited way—brings up so many fond memories of the AMC era that they’ll want to honor that. And the best way to do that is by calling the Alpine the AMX4.
The AMX was AMC’s muscle car and there’s no denying they were cool machines. In fact, there’s even a bit of a technical tie-in to the new Alpine, in that a stillborn AMX/3 prototype was mid-engined, and it was really quite fantastic.
By calling the Alpine the AMX/4 and giving it a retro, distinctively AMX face, Renault could capture a vast (estimated) untapped market of frustrated AMX/3 fans who have been waiting, waiting for decades, for a chance to finally own a mid-engined AMX.
That has to be a huge market there, right? Of course it is.
If anyone at Renault wants my input, you know how to get ahold of me. I can save you some time, though, and just tell you to do the AMX thing. Trust me on this—I’m an American.
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The Infiniti rendering looks great!

If only it wasn't a puny 1.8l turbo. The newer Infiniti v6 with a turbo detuned to about 330-350hp would be nasty in that car.
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Alpine could take engines from Mercedes-AMG


Renault is gearing up to launch the first vehicle from the revived Alpine brand and AutoExpress claims the French company could ask Mercedes-AMG to deliver the engines. While the information is pretty vague at the moment, Renault has an agreement with Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler through the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The two sides cooperate on sharing platforms and drivetrains.


Renault’s executive vice president for product and planning Bruno Ancelin hinted AMG engines are a possible solution for the new Alpine brand. It is expected to launch a production version of the Alpine Vision concept later this year and more models will follow in the coming years.


“We have two solutions,” Ancelin commented. “Either we take one [engine] that is available in the Alliance and we fine tune it for more power. Or we can buy on the market. I heard in the presentation of the new DB11 from Aston Martin they are buying their V8s from AMG. That is possible, too. We have some cooperation with Daimler. We can buy engines on the market – there is no problem to share that.”
Most likely, the first production model of Alpine will use a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit, while the bigger cars that will follow could use six-cylinder units. Still, there’s no exact information on what the brand is planning for the future, but Ancelin says “we could have coupe, cabriolet, we could have a hatchback; we could have everything that is usable in a sporty brand.”
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Alpine sports car targets Alfa Romeo 4C in pricing





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Alpine has revealed a pricing estimate for their upcoming sports car, and it's aiming to challenge the market share of the Alfa Romeo 4C.




According to Motoring, managing director of Renault Australia Justin Hocevar said his compay's Alpine-branded sports model would cost "between $75,000 to $90,000 [Australian]," which translates to roughly $57,000 to $68,000 US dollars at current exchange rates.

For comparison, the Alfa 4C starts at $55,900 and the Porsche Cayman begins at $52,600, but well-optioned ones can go for many thousands beyond that.

Renault's model, which will likely be called the Alpine A120 Coupe, is a mid-engined two-door model inspired by the Alpine A110 of the 1960s. Power is expected to come from a transversely mounted, turbocharged RenaultSport 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In its concept form, revealed in February, a push-button automatic promised a zero-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds.

Renault bought the French company in 1973, and the brand was mothballed in 1995. Renault is hoping that reviving it will give a new premium brand in its portfolio. The A120 will be an opening salvo for the brand's return, while future models, some with Mercedes-AMG powerplants, are being considered.





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New Alpine Sports Car Spied Wearing Production Body




While this marks the first time we've seen the new Alpine sports car in production form, we've already seen the patent last year and, of course, we're very familiar with both the Alpine Celebration Concept as well as the Vision Concept.

In other words, if you're dying to know what's hiding underneath all that vinyl, you can check out any of the two previously mentioned concepts for inspiration.

Of course, there's no substitute for the real thing and just like most auto enthusiasts, we too are looking forward to seeing the car without any sort of camouflage - if only to admire its half modern, half classic design cues.

The quad front lights, retro rear window and overall profile take us back to the Alpine A110, a sports car made famous in the 1960s, with a seriously good rallying pedigree.

In modern times, with an estimated 250 HP coming from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Alpine sports car could go head to head with the likes of the Porsche Cayman, especially since it's expected to be around 300 kg (661 lbs) lighter and capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds. Reports have already indicated that the base-model could spawn other, sportier versions, with power ratings going all the way up to 300 HP.

As of right now, it's hard to say whether this car will make it to next month's Paris Auto Show, though a Geneva debut in March could be more realistic since these prototypes have just started testing on the road.

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Interview with Bernard Ollivier: "We will do things step by step" with Alpine







In an exclusive interview with Motor1 France, Bernard Ollivier, deputy general manager of Alpine, reports on future plans and project of the revived French sports brand.

Motor1: Where about are you with the development of the new Alpine?
Bernard Ollivier: The big picture of the car is almost finished. The first prototypes are already on the road. We are entering the last phase, the last tests, mostly as far as endurance is concerned.
M1: Can you tell us more about the car characteristics?
BO: We’ve done a lot of work on the car in order for it to be light. We wanted it to be agile, efficient, and sporty. It’s also going to be a premium car. Then, we also worked on its design so that it is easy to use on a daily basis. After all, among the customer base we are targeting, there are also a lot of women.
M1: What do you mean by premium?
BO: We are targeting “premium” in the German meaning of the term. It stands mainly for an irreproachable quality of production. Designing a sports car is one thing and we know how to do that. But producing a premium car is a completely different step. This is a big challenge for us. On one side, in the choice of materials, on the other - in the way we will build it. To produce premium, you have to learn how to build premium, and that’s what we are working on.



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: Isn’t a premium car a stretch from the idea people have of the original A110?
BO: Back in the past, the Alpine’s rival was the Porsche 911, and I don’t think it was premium either! The Alpine A110, initially, is going to be a line. Elegantly French, simple, timeless. On the streets, if you ask somebody, it’s not a rare thing to hear the A110 is pretty. I think we are in this line. We wanted to keep this line as fluid as possible. No artifacts, no rear wing. That means all the aero work is happening under the car. Physically speaking, I think we are respecting the original. Our car will be light, agile, sporty.
Then, as far as premium is concerned, that’s a question of evolution in the customers. Buyers were looking for a more radical car with the original A110. It was a niche set of customers. When you buy a car today, you can hardly go without air conditioning, assisted steering and so, especially when the price tag is between $55,000 and $70,000.
M1: You announced quite early that you will not attend the Paris Motor Show, is that a decision you now regret?
BO: Back in February, when the car was introduced, we had decided not to go. We don’t regret it. We think the exhibition is most of all about the very general public cars. We want our potential customers to be able to get near the car, test it, ask questions. That’s why we wanted our own event, which will probably happen in mid-January. We had announced the reveal for before the end of 2016, but the agenda is quite busy in December. But it doesn’t mean we won’t attend major shows afterwards.









M1: In parallel to the car launch, there is also a sports program for the brand, in WEC. This season seems to be going pretty well…
BO: It’s true that we’ve put important goals for 2016. And so far, it’s going quite well for us, with five wins. We have a dream team as far as the drivers line-up is concerned, with, for example, Nicolas Lapierre, who is person you can rely on. He has a good state of mind and helps his teammates to go forward. We have quite a nice lead in the championship (38 points).



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: Was the last weekend’s victory in the U.S. (Austin) important for the local market?
BO: It’s true that we had a dream weekend in Austin. With a pole nearly one second ahead of the rivals, and a race led for five and a half hours, and a finish with almost one lap lead… it’s difficult to do better! People were saying, after our second place in Mexico, that we had some pressure and we answered in the best way possible. It was important for the championship. As far as the market is concerned, not really. Going to the U.S. suggests you need to adapt the car. The rules are different. Maybe later, but for the moment, we are focused on the European version. We are developing step by step.
M1 Do you know more about next year’s program?
BO: We’d like to stay in LMP2. The rules are changing, with an allowance of four manufacturers. That means we won’t be allowed to put our Alpine name on the chassis. This program is also a back-up for the brand. We’re waiting to see what the rules will be, but we’ll bring the prototype in Fuji, Japan, as this is a market we do target.



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: Could we see Alpine elsewhere than in LMP2?
BO: No. We’re only interested in this category. There is some fighting at this level! We’re not interested in the privateer LMP1, neither are we in the LMP1-H (hybrid). Budgets there are astronomic, we can’t afford it. Remember, we don’t have revenues yet! Then, an LMP1-H program wouldn’t bring anything special. Alpine always managed to achieve some nice things with small means.
M1: What about the Alpine road car? Could it race one day?
BO: Let’s wait and see if the road version is successful. If so, why not considering a GT4 version? Anyway, that won’t be before 2018. As I said, we need to go step by step.
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Renault opens Alpine A120 order books


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Paris-based Renault has started taking orders for the first Alpine-badged sports car in over 20 years.


The model hasn't been officially revealed yet; in fact, Renault hasn't even released its name, though sources close to the company suggest it will be dubbed A120. Still, the French automaker is accepting reservations from enthusiasts who want to get their hands on one of the first cars to roll off the assembly line.

The first 1,955 cars will be part of a special series named Premiere Edition. Right now, buyers are simply asked to pick whether they want their car painted blue, black, or white, but additional configuration options will be added to a purpose-designed application named Alpine as production nears.

Teaser images suggest the A120 is inspired by the stunning, retro-styled Vision concept that debuted last February. Its silhouette pays homage to the A110 coupe that dominated international rally events during the 1960s.

Technical specifications are still being kept under wraps. However, British magazine Autocar believes the A120 will use a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine closely related to the 1.6-liter turbo four found under the hood of the Clio R.S. The mid-mounted unit will make 250 horsepower in its most basic state of tune, and 300 horses in its more powerful variant. Alpine has confirmed the coupe will hit 62 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds. On paper, it will be capable of keeping up with the Porsche 718 Cayman, one of its closest rivals.

Those who want to be among the first to take delivery of a new Alpine in the 21st century need to make a €2,000 (roughly $2,100) deposit. The car's base price will lie between €55,000 and €60,000 (about $58,000 and $64,000) once taxes are factored in. Deliveries are scheduled to start late next year.

The Alpine A120 -- assuming the name is retained for production -- will make its debut in the coming months. While nothing is official yet, we wouldn't be surprised to see it in the metal for the first time during next year's edition of the Monte-Carlo Rally.








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Alpine reveals sultry A110 for Geneva Motor Show



Alpine's Porsche-fighter, the A110, is set for the Geneva Motor Show. The attractive coupe will have an aluminum platform and body as Alpine emphasizes weight savings and agility. The French automaker released two images of the A110 Tuesday, which we've seen previously in spy shots and teasers.

Alpine is relaunching with ambitious plans to become a player in the sports-car segment in global markets like Europe and Asia. The brand dates to the 1950s and achieved motorsports success in the ensuing decades. Its last road car was produced in the 1990s, though Alpine maintained an enthusiast fan base. The brand, which was owned by Renault, is returning under the French company's stewardship.



The A110 was previewed as a concept last year in Geneva and is the spiritual successor to the coupe wearing the same name from the 1960s and '70s. Alpine's new model uses retro styling cues to evoke the berlinette look of its its predecessor. The company will reveal full specs at the show next week.
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Man...that thing is pointed elbows fugly.
It looks good from a select few angles, I think...

but besides that, I agree. It is proportioned very awkwardly.
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Unread 2017-03-02, 11:40 AM   #16
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Alpine A110 is France's answer to the Alfa Romeo 4C, Porsche 718 Cayman








As with most things that are good in the auto industry, Americans are getting hosed. That's as true of hot hatchbacks as it is of mid-engine sports cars. For the longest time, the Porsche Cayman/Boxster twins were the only option here in North America, unless you wanted to upgrade to a supercar. Things got better when Alfa Romeo deigned to sell the 4C on our shores, but our friends across the pond still have a lot more to choose from. The Alpine A110, unveiled last week and making its grand debut today at the 2017 Geneva auto show, is a reminder of that fact.
The A110, like the Coneheads, comes from France but will eventually find its way across Europe and elsewhere including as far as Japan. Named and styled after Alpine's most iconic model, which made a name for itself in rally racing and by being beautiful, the new A110 is firmly a soft-road vehicle. At least it's still beautiful.
As is Alpine tradition, power comes from Renault, specifically, a 1.8-liter, turbocharged inline-4. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission from Getrag channels the tiny turbocharged mill's 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, allowing the revived A110 to hit 62 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. That's a good bit slower than the 237-hp Alfa Romeo 4C, which takes 4.1 seconds to hit 60, but it's faster than the base Porsche 718 Cayman, which does the deed in 4.7 seconds. And that's because like its predecessor, the new A110 is very, very light.
At just 2,380 pounds, the A110 weighs 85 pounds less than the 4C and a whopping 564 pounds less than the lightest 718 Cayman. Those stats are more impressive when you consider that unlike the Alfa, the A110 is largely aluminum. There's no carbon fiber tub, but rather an aluminum platform hidden by an aluminum body. In fact, in its nearly 1,500-word press release for the A110, Alpine mentions carbon fiber just twice, both times referencing interior trim materials.
2017 Alpine A110

Also aiding performance are a who's who of high-end parts suppliers. We already mentioned the Getrag dual-clutch, but there are also brakes by Brembo, lightweight, 18-inch Fuchs alloy wheels, and a one-piece racing bucket designed by Sabelt.
Alpine will kick off A110 sales with a special Premiere Edition model. Priced at 58,500 euros ($61,849 at today's rates) in France, Alpine will build just 1,955 examples—a reference to the year the company was founded. These limited-run cars will be available in black, white, or Alpine Blue, which is two too many in our eyes—Alpine's take on France's national racing color is the only way to fly with the A110. The Premiere Edition also gets a lightweight sports exhaust, unique 18-inch Fuchs wheels, quilted leather upholstery on the one-piece buckets, matte carbon fiber interior finishes, French tricolor badges inside and out, and a numbered plaque.
Alpine should complete this limited run in 2018 and begin regular production with multiple trims and “a wide range of personalization options" shortly after.
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Alpine won't sell A110 coupe in the U.S.





The company's top exec told Leftlane that overseas markets are a priority right now.
Renault's Alpine division has put an end to the rumors that claim the new, 252-horsepower A110 coupe (pictured) will battle the Porsche 718 Cayman in the United States.


"At the moment we are not planning on selling the A110 in the U.S.," company boss Bernard Ollivier told Leftlane on the sidelines of the Geneva Auto Show. "Re-launching the brand is a big project. Right now we're focusing on markets like Europe and Japan," he explained.

Though disappointing, the decision isn't a surprise. Alpine nearly entered the U.S. market in the late 1980s, but it backtracked at the last minute because Renault's American arm was crumbling. Consequently, the company is virtually unknown on this side of the pond, so luring enthusiasts into showrooms that don't exist yet would be an uphill battle.

The story is different abroad: Alpine retains a strong image in Europe and in Japan even though it just barely returned to life after spending over 20 years gathering dust in the pantheon of dead car brands. The first A110s to roll off the line will be part of a limited-edition series named Première Édition. Production is limited to 1,955 examples, and fans claimed a vast majority of them well before the coupe made its official debut.


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Bask In The Glory Of The Alpine A110 You’re Not Getting, Stupid American





Oh, hey there. What do you like to do for fun? What’s that? Torture yourself by watching videos of things you can’t have, like the Alpine A110? Samesies!

Good Lord. Look at how it dances around the corners. These are moves they can’t even teach you at Juilliard. And that blue! If cold alpine air were a color, that would be it.


While we’re on this topic, I also enjoy watching videos of fashion shows where I’ll never be able to fit the clothes and drawing tutorials of skills I’ll never be able to master.
Isn’t life just grand?
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Damn that's saucy. I wonder what it would take for Nissan to bring this bad boy to the US...
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Alpine A110 Tackles The Nurburgring In Latest Tests



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Alpine may have premiered the new A110 sports car at the Geneva Motor Show but development of the Porsche Cayman fighter continues and recently headed to the Nurburgring.

The French automaker brought along a prototype disguised in the familiar blue and white camoflage that we've come to associate with the sports car. Other than that, it looks just like the production car we saw a few months ago.

As with the Alfa Romeo 4C, Alpine has focused on ensuring the A110 is as light as possible and claims that it tips the scales at just 1,080 kg (2,380 lbs). As a result, it is able to make do with a compact 1.8-liter turbocharged engine delivering 'just' 247 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, allowing for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time of just 4.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Alongside the punchy engine sits a seven-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission developed by Getrag. Drivers will also have three driving modes (Normal, Sport and Track) to enjoy.

Beyond its use of a small engine, the A110 is so light because of its all-aluminum platform and the aluminum body panels.

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Damn The Alpine A110 For Looking Too Good




The Alpine A110 squatting under heavy braking up the hill at Goodwood.
It is increasingly clear that America is not good enough for the like-an-Alfa-4C-but-livable Alpine A110. Damn it. Damn it to hell.


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The Alpine A110 not only sounds better than it has any right to, but it also looks significantly too good for a car that will not be available for purchase in the United States until two and a half decades from now.

As we will all likely have been nuclear wintered into a Mad Maxian gas-scarce future by then, the A110 is effectively forbidden fruit for us Americans. Damn, and damn again.
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Hardcore Alpine A110 track car teased



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We're still jubilant over the fact there will be a production Alpine A110. Despite the fact North America won't be treated to the French sports car, that doesn't mean we can't admire it from afar. But now, our jealousy grows as Alpine has teased its next endeavor.
The French marque released sketches of the Alpine A110 track car, which will participate in a one-make racing series. According to Autocar, the Alpine A110 outfitted for cup racing will receive a body kit with upgraded aerodynamics and a less restrictive exhaust, and its interior will be stripped out for racing.
The updates will drop the A110 racer's weight below the road-going A110's curb weight of 2,380 pounds, which is already pretty darn light. Apparently, the regular A110's 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 will remain untouched; it produces 252 horsepower.
The French firm Signatech will reportedly produce and sell the Alpine A110 cup car and ensure each meets the FIA-homologation standards. The one-make series is expected to draw around 20 entrants, but further details surrounding its launch, and at which European circuits it will take place, have not been discussed. It may be a little while before we hear more as Alpine is expected to produce its first batch of limited-edition A110s in 2018. The cup car will likely arrive afterward.
The production car will also gain a wide range of personalization options following the limited-edition car's production run.
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Alpine A110 Is The Tail-Happy Renault You Were Looking For



The all-new Alpine A110 needs to be pretty darn good to compete against the sexy Alfa Romeo 4C, and the playful and complete Porsche Cayman.

However, it appears that it has all the right stuff to help it challenge both of its rivals, while making cars such as the Toyota 86 seem boring, in the right hands, as the video posted by L'Argus proves.

Shot on 'Circuit du Grand Sambuc', in Southern France, likely during the media test drive that occurred not long ago, it shows the mid-engined and rear-wheel drive French coupe drifting and power sliding for a couple of precious minutes.

The track conditions don’t seem ideal for a few fast laps, but with the traction control turned off, and with Track mode engaged, which adapts the engine, gearbox, steering, and exhaust note to their most extreme settings, the Alpine A110 became a tail-happy animal.

And it didn’t even use special tires during the exciting run, as the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S were more than capable of withstanding the lateral accelerations.

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