Rally-inspired vehicle has pumped wheel arches and taller suspension, but looks destined to be a one-off.
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The Alpine A110 Sportsx concept has been unveiled at the International Automobile Festival, at the Invalides complex, alongside a selection of cars from the brand's past.

Said to be inspired by the A110 race car which won the 1973 Monte Carlo rally, the Sportsx has a jacked up suspension package for 60mm of extra ground clearance.

Thanks to a broader track and extended wheel arches, the body of the Sportsx is 80mm wider than run-of-the-mill versions of the A110.

Other changes include a ski rack over the rear windscreen, redesigned front and rear bumpers, vents behind the front wheel arch, new side sills, and a black roof, bonnet and lower body.

There are also extra French flag badges scattered around the body, and a technical diagram version of the Alpine script at the back.

The Sportsx is based on the A110 Pure, and like regular A110 models features a 185kW/320Nm 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

If the idea of a wide-body, rally-capable A110 interests you, unfortunately the company says this car is a "unique model [which] is not available for sale".

Other Alpine vehicles on display at the festival include the A210 Prototype raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1966 and 1969, a first-generation A110 1300 coupe from 1971, a restored A110 1800 GP4 rally car, and the 2015 Alpine Vision Grand Turismo concept.