Italian sportbike builder MV Agusta has teamed up with Alpine to create a special edition of the Superveloce 800 inspired by the Alpine A110 sports car. It's distinguished by styling changes and its very limited production numbers.
The base bike is relatively unchanged. It's the Superveloce 800 with its inline-three making 144 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque, connected to a six-speed gearbox. The bike also features a retro fairing and lights that are a natural complement to the similarly retro Alpine A110 sports car.
PARIS — Renault's new sports division Alpine will enter the 2021 World Endurance Championship, a series whose jewel in the crown is the Le Mans 24 Hours, the brand's general manager said on Monday.
Loss-making Renault's new chief executive, Luca de Meo, sees Alpine as central to the carmaker's recovery and this month announced Renault's Formula One team will be rebranded as Alpine next year.
The Renault Formula One team will be renamed Alpine F1 from 2021, competing in French colors to showcase the carmaker's sportscar brand, new company CEO Luca de Meo announced on Sunday.
Alpine has a strong motorsport pedigree, in rallying and endurance racing, but has not previously featured in Formula One as a constructor. The Renault name will remain on the car as the engine provider.
Renault's Alpine brand is launching a more luxurious version of its sleek A110 sports car as it looks to branch out from its core French market. Alpine's latest version of the A110 is the Légende GT, pictured in silver in the image gallery above. The GT model gets a bespoke interior that looks to be more luxurious and premium than other Alpine models. A new exhaust system and Brembo brake package join an improved audio system, backup camera and parking sensors, and a matching three-piece leather luggage set rounds out the package.
Its first production run will be limited to 400 cars, and prices will start at 69,300 euros ($77,100) — some 13,500 euros more than Alpine's most affordable models already in circulation.
It's winter sports season in many parts of the world, and auto manufacturers are using that as an excuse to make some pretty fun specialty versions of their vehicles. Only hours apart, Bentley unveiled an adventure-ready Continental GT, while Alpine dropped a surprise design study called the A110 SportsX. Similar to the Buick Regal TourX, the X indicates the lifted vehicle's rugged personality. Alpine has managed to squeeze a lot of fun variants out of the A110 since debuting the sleek sports car. After the Alpine Vision concept turned into the production A110, which debuted at Geneva in early 2017, Alpine announced an A110 Cup race car in late 2017. In 2018, Alpine announced another race car, the A110 GT4, and in 2019, an improved A110S with sharper suspension and 288 horsepower debuted. The coolest A110, however, is the A110 Rally, which debuted in late 2019. The just-announced A110 SportsX takes inspiration from the Rally but drops the oversized wing for some skis. Alpine's exhibit at the International Automobile Festival at Les Invalides in Paris, France, is called "Between Retrospective and Prospective." The stand features "present and fantasized models, whose storyline is a back and forth between two eras and the richness of Alpine's history as an inexhaustible source of inspiration." In attendance were the A210 prototype, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, the Alpine A110 1800 Gp4 driven by François Alessandri and Jean Pierre Manzagol in 1972, an A110 "berlinette" 1300 from 1971, the A110S, and the the A110 SportsX. Alpine says the SportsX, which is based on an A110 Pure, is inspired by the winning A110 rally car from the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. The design concept is 3.1 inches wider and has 2.4 inches of extra ground clearance. Visually, it has a two-tone look, thanks to a dark hood and roof, and a ski rack has been mounted over the rear window. Black accents are found along the body, and the front fascia features a more aggressive aero piece. It also has dark wheels, X marks on the fog lights, and little French flag accents throughout. As a design exercise, the SportsX will not make production as it stands. This might be one of the only chances to see this car in a public place, so anybody in Paris should check it out if they can.
Grande première ce soir au @Festivalauto avec l'annonce de ce concept @alpine_cars spécial sports d'hiver !#alpinea110 #alpine #ski
https://t.co/g9O2B0yciZ — Festival Automobile (@Festivalauto) January 28, 2020
The Alpine A110 mid-engine sports car is a wonderfully fun machine with gorgeous retro styling based on its rear-engine predecessor from the 1960s. And finally, like that old car, the new one is going rally racing. The French company revealed the above car for the FIA R-GT rally class. According to Alpine, the aluminum chassis is pretty much the same as what you'll find on the production car as well as the Cup and GT4 race cars previously shown. But it does feature special three-way hydraulic suspension to cope with the rough terrain of rally racing. The turbocharged 1.8-liter engine makes over 300 horsepower, much more than the standard A110's 248 horsepower and even the A110S's 288 horses. The engine is paired with a six-speed sequential transmission and a limited-slip differential. Upgraded Brembo brakes help it to stop, and a roll cage, racing seat and harness keep the driver safe. The whole car has been developed by Signatech, which is the company that handles Alpine's prototype race cars. Alpine is currently getting the car homologated for the FIA R-GT class, which plays host to rally cars based on production sports cars. The company plans to offer customer cars for about 150,000 euros, which is a little over $165,000 at current exchange rates. Though the R-GT class is small, it's beginning to grow. The two main cars competing are the Fiat 124 Abarth rally car, which looks and sounds superb, as well as 997-generation Porsche 911s. Several years ago, there was a Lotus Exige that competed. Porsche also recently announced it would start offering an R-GT version of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.