French automaker Renault showed this rally-spec Alpine A110 mid-engine sports car concept at the International Automobile Festival in Paris.
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.
The design study, a collaboration between Alpine’s design and engineering departments, is based on the standard A110 but sports a raised ride height and wider tires. The concept sits 2.36 inches higher than the standard A110 and is also 3.15 inches wider. You’ll note that the concept also sports a roof rack fitted with two pairs of skis.
No changes were made to the powertrain which remains a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Note, Alpine also has a more powerful A110 badged the A110S. This one comes with 292 hp.
Inspiration for the concept is said to have come from the original A110 that won the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally, but alas there are no plans to sell or even race the A110 SportsX.