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The Alpine A110 Range Gets a Little More Diversity with the Pure and Légende Trim Levels

The Alpine A110 Range Gets a Little More Diversity with the Pure and Légende Trim Levels

Adding more variety should help the A110 become more appealing to a lot of customers

The Alpine A110 GT4 may be hogging the spotlight in Geneva, but the French automaker’s booth also includes a pair of special edition A110s with personalities of their own. The Alpine A110 Pure Edition is the driver-focused version of the three new special edition A110s. Meanwhile, the Alpine A110 Legende is the comfort-oriented version. Altogether, the three special edition A110s help add more variety to the A110 lineup, giving customers the opportunity to choose which of these three versions suit them best.

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The Alpine A110 GT4 Is the Hottest A110 Ever Built!

The Alpine A110 GT4 Is the Hottest A110 Ever Built!

Coming to a race track near you in 2019

Although not yet available outside Europe, the brand-new Alpine A110 is slowly developing into a full-size lineup. Available in standard and Premier guise at first, it gained a race-spec Cup model after the official launch. Now, Alpine is adding three more models to the family, all of which are on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The French firm is expanding the lineup with the A110 Legende, a trim that adds refinement and everyday usability, and A110 Pure, described as the most driver-focused version. More importantly, Alpine also launched a GT4-spec version of the car for international racing.

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Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan barely escape the fiery blaze

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.

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Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We're Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Are you ready to ring in the new year with a car purchase or two?

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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2019 Alpine SUV

2019 Alpine SUV

Alpine’s second modern vehicle is aimed at the Porsche Macan

Shut down in 1995, Renault’s Alpine brand made a comeback 22 years later with a modern interpretation of its iconic A110 sports car. Developed on a bespoke platform and using a design that’s both modern and linked to the original car, the A110 is Renault’s long-awaited response to the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C. But Alpine isn’t planning to stop here. Word has it that a convertible version of the A110 is also in the works, and the French firm also wants to jump on the SUV bandwagon. Why? Because everyone is doing it nowadays. But what’s this SUV going to be bring to the table?

I’m going to provide an answer to that question in the speculative review below, which includes not only the latest information and rumors but also a detailed rendering of the Alpine-badged hauler. A release date is not yet available, but given that we have yet to see any prototypes on the road, it’s safe to assume that it won’t happen sooner than late 2018. All told, this SUV won’t be available until the 2019 model year. That’s a long wait, but we already have a few juicy details about what’s coming.

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2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition

2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition

First wave of A110 models will be limited to just 1,955 units and priced at a little over $66K

The Alpine A110 will likely go down as one of the most memorable sports cars launches in 2017. It marks a return from the ashes for the Alpine brand and it finally came after three years of being in development. Needless to say, a lot of people looked forward to the A110’s debut, and by and large, it didn’t disappoint. And if the positive reception surrounding the sports car isn’t enough, all of us can now look forward to the first special edition version of the A110. It’s called the A110 Premiere Edition, and it’s all set to be revealed at the Salon Price later this month.

As you can expect, the A110 Premiere Edition will come with exclusive features that “standard” versions of the sports car will come without. Most of these upgrades are of the cosmetic variety so don’t expect any power bumps to happen to the car’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s still going to produce 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, numbers that are actually impressive for a sports car with a four-cylinder engine. What you can expect though is that the A110 will be limited to just 1,955 units, the number that references the year Alpine was founded.

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Alpine Sets Its Sights On An SUV After the A110 Sports Car

Alpine Sets Its Sights On An SUV After the A110 Sports Car

Reborn automaker wants a slice of SUV pie to make money for performance car projects

Alpine’s return from the grave may have been marked by the launch of the A110 sports car, but the returning French automaker is still in the business of making money, and there’s no better way of doing that these days by joining the hustle and bustle that is the SUV market. Turns out, that’s exactly what Alpine plans to do now that the A110 is on the market.

According to Auto Express, the French automaker’s rationale for building an SUV boils down to one simple and inevitable reason: it needs to make money. That piece of urgent business is even more important now that the A110 has reached dealerships because if the company wants to build on the sports coupe with other performance cars, it’s going to need a cash cow model to help generate the funds to do so. And as promising as the A110 is, it’s won’t be able to generate that much financial business compared to an SUV. By contrast, an SUV would be more than capable of generating the influx of money the company needs to stay relevant in the game. Plans are already underway to develop the vehicle with an expected launch date of sometime in 2019. It may seem weird at first to think of an Alpine SUV given the company’s long history as a performance and racing brand, but the sign of the times call for certain actions to be made. A lot of other companies with little to no history in the SUV game have made similar leaps of fate. If Alpine wants to stay in the business longer this time, it recognizes that it’s going to have to do the same.

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10 Rear-Engined Cars That Aren't A Porsche 911

10 Rear-Engined Cars That Aren’t A Porsche 911

A quick look at today’s automotive offerings and you’ll notice that almost all passenger cars are front-engined, while most sports cars come with a mid-engined configuration. The Porsche 911 is the most known exception from this rule, having its engine mounted above the rear axle. The 911 isn’t the only rear-engined car on the market, the Smart ForTwo and ForFour, Renault Twingo, Tesla Model S, and Tata Nano have similar configurations, but all of them are part of the minority. However, it wasn’t always like this.

Decades ago, rear-engined vehicles were significantly more popular. The first notable rear-engined car dates back to 1886, when Karl Benz launched the Patent-Motorwagen. The concept gained more traction in the 1930 and remained somewhat popular until the 1980s. Mostly found in small, affordable cars, the layout allowed for the rest of the vehicle to be used for passengers and luggage. It was also preferred by many carmakers since the drivetrain can installed easily at the factory compared to front-wheel-drive layout where the driven wheels also steer the car.

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The New Alpine A110 Is A Nice Tribute To The Past

The New Alpine A110 Is A Nice Tribute To The Past

You can see hints of the original inside and out, plus it’s got maneuverability to match

The Alpine A110 from the late 1960s and early 70s was a fine vehicle, but the name was laid to rest a long time ago. That’s true up until 2012 when we first laid eyes on the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept. Since then, two other concepts have come and gone, with the Alpine Vision Concept of 2016 showcasing the closest representation of the production model that you see here. So what does the new A110 bring to the table? Well, to put it simply, it’s a heritage-filled sports car with stunning looks, a mid-engine configuration for a near-perfect weight distribution, a lightweight platform, and beautiful interior appointments that will keep this reborn sports car relevant and competitive for some time to come.

It all starts out with an aluminum platform and body that are bonded, riveted, and welded to help increase strength and rigidity. Because of the materials and assembly procedure, the car – without options – has a curb weight of just 2,380 pounds (1,080kg.) Like its predecessor from the 1960s, the new A110 is also ready to hit those windy, mountain roads thanks to the location of the engine, which brings an optimal weight distribution of 44 percent in the front and 56 percent in the rear. Pair that with the fuel tank being located up front and you have an exceptionally low center of gravity – perfect for stout maneuvers and spirited driving.

So, what can the Alpine do in the performance department? Well, I’m glad you asked. Renault Alpine managed to cram a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder above the rear axle that delivers a cool 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a Getrag, seven-speed, wet-clutch, DCT that has specially tuned gear ratios. With that curb weight of 2,380 pounds, this drivetrain setup will push this sexy little sports car up to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. And, it does so without the need for a spoiler thanks to strategic aerodynamics and a drag coefficient of just 0.32.

Suspension duties are handled by double wishbones front and rear which, according to Renault Alpine, offers a combination of “excellent handling performance” and “great ride comfort and daily usability.” To put that into perspective, the Porsche 911 with its 370-horsepower flat-six can hit the 60 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds.

Little has been said about the interior, but the model we’re looking at here is the Premiere edition. The few images we have showcase a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cross stitching, a leather wrapped floating center console, seats with a quilted stitching pattern, and a leather wrapped dash – all of which have blue contrast stitching that stands out against the black leather. The infotainment display floats in front of the center stack, just above a row of push buttons that control various features like the hazard lights, locks, etc. The seats themselves are of the racing variety and look to be compatible with five-point racing harnesses. They also feature an Alpine plaque fixed to the headrest and an embroidered “A” in the middle of the seatback.

All told, it’s a fine vehicle and, when you compare it to the model that precedes it, it’s clear that this thing is built with heritage in mind. Even the exterior design nods to the original A110 from the 60s with the recessed headlights, round driving lights in the nose, and the roofline that is unmistakably Alpine. It even has the wider lower body like its predecessor. So, with that said, let’s travel down the page and talk a little about the Premiere edition that is being offered and produced before other production models hit the assembly line.

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