Remember the classic Renault Alpine A110 sports cars of the Seventies? Alpine competed in the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally and not only won the event with the A110, but dominated entirely with a 1-2-3 podium-filling finish. Then it did it again in 1973 and won the entire World Rally Championship outright. This David Cardoso-designed concept is the first time we’ve seen a modern remake of the iconic rally classic.
It features much the same design cues as the original Alpine A110 with its long, almost-horizontal rear end and curved nose. The Renault Alpine Sports Coupe design study is also rear-engined, like the original. Back in its day, the A110 production car engine was a Renault 16 TS 1.6-litre that used twin Weber carburettors and produced 93kW of power – not bad for a car that weighed under 900kg. The 2012 study is also powered by a Renault engine, although specific details are yet to be finalised.
It is just a study at this stage but we’d certainly like to see Renault and Alpine take inspiration from it and come up with a model of similar proportions to put on the market.
David Cardoso, the man behind the study, spoke about the concept in a recent report, saying,
“Like the original Alpine, this concept has a rear engine and a stretched silhouette. The rear is inspired by the Dezir Concept while the front has influences of the Nepta Concept. Could be a direct competitor (or ally since Nissan is in the Renault group) for the Nissan 370Z.”
It’s always great to see modern takes on legendary classics as it keeps them alive. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.