Exhausting to consider the Alpine A110 has been round for greater than 4 years, particularly since I’ve solely correctly received to comprehend it over the previous 12 months.
In that point I’ve had 5 separate drives in varied Alpines however the stand-out was the Legende GT that makes use of the warmer (292bhp) engine and higher brakes of the S-model, mixed with the extra supple suspension of unique editions.
It’s no secret that for all its virtues — together with an extruded aluminium chassis that radically undercuts all comers on weight — Alpine has had a little bit of a wrestle discovering consumers. At one level the brand new marque appeared on the purpose of happening for the final time, however Renault’s dynamic new CEO Luca de Meo arrived out of the evening to alter the title of Renault’s F1 group’s to Alpine and gave the entire thing a boot up the bottom. Which included launching the Legende GT particular version…
The revival of the A110 has been a terrific reduction for me, as somebody who at all times cherished the unique rear-engined, 1963-77 fashions. UntiI not too long ago I had truly pushed additional in early Alpines than present ones. Again within the day I spent an excellent half-day in an unique A110 works rally automotive on a sequence of forest rally tracks — noting that the dealing with was so brilliantly adjustable you could possibly virtually “get” how works drivers achieved these loopy cornering angles. Then, for a basic automotive journal I examined an unique A110 towards a Porsche 911 of the identical period, coming down on the facet of the French automotive for all its flimsiness, humorous wheel angles and low-born Renault mechanical bits. Regardless of all it was delicately stunning, splendidly agile and did rather a lot with little or no.