It’s called the Alpine A110 and it’s Renault’s newest sports coupe.
Debuting at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Renault is reviving its Alpine brand with the limited-edition A110 two-seater that some might consider an Alfa Romeo 4C competitor. That’s because the Alpine A110 is lightweight, tipping the scales at 2,381 pounds (1,080 kilograms) and powerful enough thanks to a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. And like the Alfa Romeo 4C, it doesn’t offer a manual transmission (sad!) and only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The result is a zero-to-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.5 seconds.
The bad news? Well, Alpine won’t even mention the U.S. when it comes to availability. At Geneva, the automaker is showing off a special Premiere Edition model with a price tag of €58,500 ($61,800), which lands it in similar territory as the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C, assuming the Premiere Edition is sold at a premium compared to the standard model.
So is there any reason to be hopeful considering Renault isn’t even sold in North America? It’s a reach, but the Renault-Nissan alliance could bring the A110 to the U.S. as a Nissan-badged car, even if it’s a limited edition model of sorts. But who are we really kidding, it’s just wishful thinking to believe a fun-to-drive, mid-engine sports car would make its way to the U.S.
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