Alpine A110 models, that reigned in terms of popularity in the 1960's and for many years in the 1970's as well were powered by Renault engines. The sports car that featured 1.3 L or 1.6 L Renault engines had a five speed manual transmission system. Renault will launch a concept this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the popular vehicle. The 1966 model of the A110 Berlinette model produced 98 hp in power and attained a top speed of 219 kmph.
The legacy of Alpine Renault 110 Berlinette
The Alpine Renault A110 Berlinette model was a hit on the rally circuit. It emerged victorious on many occasions and gained in popularity with each successive win. After acquiring its manufacturer Alpine, Renault participated in several international rallies with this car and acquired international fame for it. The production of this car ceased in 1977 but the success of the car marks a golden era in the history of Renault. The French manufacturer will now mark the 50 years of the launch of this car by releasing a concept that borrows from the original and recreates its appeal and aura through the fusion of modern technology with the classic appeal of an Alpine Renault A110 model.
A peculiar feature of the make of the Alpine Renault A110 was the lack of an air intake grille at the front of the car. This was largely because of the rear mounted engine of the car. It is rather the area under the chassis that was used as an inlet for cool air. The two door coupe designed by Giovanni Michelotti has many accomplishments to its credit.
The proposed concept to mark the occasion
As expected, there is immense speculation around the details of the soon to be unveiled concept. If reports are to be believed, Alpine Renault A110-50 concept will have the Renault Megane Trophy as its base. The bodywork of the concept will be along the lines of yet another Renault concept which was showcased at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Renault Dezir concept. The Dezir model, which will go into production to go beyond the tag of a concept may have another model similar to it for company, if the concept to be launched now is eventually rolled out for buyers. For now, the details available throw some light on the powertrain of the concept. The V6 engine of the car will generate 400 hp in power. It will have a tube frame chassis. Nothing can be said as yet about the price positioning in case the concept does go into production.
When we talk about the launch of a new model, the conversation invariably digresses towards the countries the model in question will be launched in. Renault is a major player in the European market. It is but obvious then the car with a European legacy will be launched in the European countries to cash in on the appreciation that the Alpine Renault A110 still gets from the patrons of sports cars and those with interest in motor racing and car rallies.