A Long Shot for the US

03.29.17 - Renault Alpine A110

One of the brands of Renault that used to be an admired brand that offered us impressive sports cars and what we wanted to drive was Alpine. This brand is being revived by Renault and we’re getting ready to see a new model on the road from this brand and one of the questions we always ask is whether or not the car is going to make its way to North America. While there hasn’t been an answer given to that question as of yet, let’s take a look at this new model that was shown off at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new model from Alpine will be called the A110. This car is built to be a two-seater roadster that will play in the higher sports car segment and come in as a competitor to the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman. This new sports car will fit right in with these two because it’s a lightweight model that’s built to be quick on the road and the track and is one that could be a lot of fun to drive. Is the A110 coming to the US for our driving enjoyment?

The Alpine A110 is a car that will weigh in at a scant 2,381 pounds and be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that brings in 252 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. This car will also, in similar fashion to the Alfa Romeo 4C, offer only an automatic transmission which will be a seven-speed dual clutch model. This may not sound like a powerful car, but it will be light enough and quick enough to be able to reach sixty mph in less than 4.5 seconds. That’s certainly fast enough to be a lot of fun, but is this car coming to North America?

As part of the Renault-Nissan alliance the A110 could come to the US wearing a Nissan badge and be sold in limited numbers, but that alone is a pipe dream for this car. This car is most likely never going to make its way to the US as that was not even hinted at during the coverage of this car. The car that was shown in Geneva is the special Premiere Edition model that will be sold for around $61,800 to put it in the price range of the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C which makes this a car that can fit right into this class.

While we won’t see this Alpine model make it to the US anytime soon, considering Renault isn’t sold in the US at all, we can still admire it for what it is. This is a small, two-seater roadster that offers quick acceleration and an agile feel on the road. This will easily be a car that we’ll admire and enjoy if we make our way to Europe over the next few years, but we won’t get the pleasure of driving this car on our roads anytime soon.

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