Lifted Alpine A110 SportsX adds rugged appeal to lightweight sports car
Alpine has revealed a raised, off-road version of its A110 sports car called the A110 SportsX.
The French firm has a rich rallying history built on the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally-winning A110 and the SportsX is a one-off homage to the original A110 rally car.
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The A110 SportsX gets an 80mm wider body than the standard car thanks to protective wheel arches. There are also extra vents, blacked-out headlight covers, restyled bumpers, while a new two-tone paint job and a pair of skis complete an adventurous makeover.
The suspension has also been raised 60mm, giving the A110 SportsX extra ground clearance. To help protect the underside, there are also front and rear skid plates.
While Alpine already make a dedicated A110 Rally car with over 3000bhp, the A110 SportsX is based on the Pure model, which means 248bhp and 320Nm of torque from a 1.8-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Alpine says the SportsX remains faithful to the brand’s DNA of lightness and agility. While no performance figures have been released, expect the raised suspension, taller profile tyres and off-road additions to increase the standard car’s 4.5 second 0-62mph time.
Interested in Alpine’s rally-inspired sports car? Well, unfortunately the Alpine A110 SportsX won’t be available for sale. Although it will remain on show at the 2020 Festival Automobile International in Paris until Monday 3rd February.