Renault Revives Alpine with the A110
The Alpine name is being revived again after more than two decades in the doldrums. Parent company, Renault has spent €36 million upgrading its production facility in Dieppe, France.
It was founded by Jean Rédélé in 1954, who achieved notable motorsport success by using Renault’s 4CV car. Having a close association with the folks from Boulogne, Alpine was eventually bought over by Renault in 1973. But due to costs and sluggish sales, production was suspended in 1995.
But now, the Alpine name has been resurrected and Renault says the new facility will be able to produce 6,000 per year. The A110, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show this year, will be powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 249 hp and 320 Nm of torque.
It has an aluminium platform and its body is bonded, riveted and welded to provide a lightweight structure that’s exceptionally rigid. It weighs just 1,080 kg and its outstanding agility is derived from the weight distribution of 44 per cent at the front and 56 per cent at the rear, thus creating a low centre of gravity.
The engine comes mated to a Getrag seven-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox, and 0 to 100 km/h is done in 4.5 seconds. The name and styling come from Alpine’s best-known model between the years 1961 and 1977.
The new A110 is priced at €58,000 (RM279,000) and will reach its first customers in the first quarter of 2018. Do note that there will be a limited run of 1,995 units as a tribute to the brand’s history, so you would want to get your cheque book ready.