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The Alpine A110 SportsX is tremendous and we need one
SportsX Concept is 80mm wider and 60mm higher off the ground than standard
Welcome to the best thing we’ve seen so far this year – a higher-riding, wider Alpine A110 inspired by the rally cars of the company’s past.
Unfortunately the SportsX is not a third A110 derivative, to be sold alongside the standard car and stiffer, lower, more focussed A110S. It’s what the company calls a ‘styling exercise’ – a car cooked-up by presumably very bored engineers and designers that “explores a new facet of sportiness”.
Based on the base-spec A110 Pure (which is actually all the A110 you really need), the body and track are 80mm wider than standard, meaning the SportsX isn’t that much narrower than a Range Rover. Meanwhile the ride height has been raised by a whopping 60mm for more ground clearance.
Alpine doesn’t say whether it’s done anything to the engine, so assume it uses the standard 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 249bhp and 239lb ft. We’ll need a go to verify, naturally…
You cannot buy a A110 SportsX, and that, dear friends, is a crying shame. However for €150,000 Alpine will sell you an A110 Rally, its Signatech-developed rally car available to privateer teams competing in the R-GT category.