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Alpine A110 Tour de Corse 75, all cars sold


NEW – The Dieppe brand revisits its history with a numbered edition of 150 units evoking the A110 berlinetta which came second in the 1975 Tour de Corse.

It didn’t drag. On sale since 9 a.m. this morning, Friday June 17, the 150 copies of the limited edition of the new Alpine are already sold out. A success that should lead Alpine to replicate the experience. Proof that the brand should not hesitate to rely on the richness of its past. Like the practices of Ferrari and Porsche, which do not hesitate to summon their history with special and limited series designed as true collectors’ items, the Renault group’s sports car brand has decided to revive its heyday. This is how the Dieppe manufacturer launched an A110 which recalls, in its color and decoration, Jean-Pierre Nicolas’ berlinetta entered in the 1975 Tour de Corse. The only survivor of an armada of four Alpines, including two A310s, Nicolas had finished second place in the 1975 Tour de Corse after a Homeric battle of tenths of a second against the Lancia Stratos of Bernard Darniche.

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Sold in only 150 units, the new Alpine A110 Tour de Corse 75 borrows exactly the decoration of the 1975 car, yellow and white with black bonnet and roof and white rims. The basis is the latest “S” evolution of the berlinetta. Its 1.8 liter 4-cylinder has a power of 300 horsepower. The equipment includes orange Brembo brake callipers and Sabelt racing bucket seats embroidered with the name of the Tour de Corse 75. A plate numbered from 1 to 150 on the central tunnel completes the equipment.

Invoiced at 80,000 euros and already acting as a collector’s item, this special Tour de Corse 75 series did not remain available for long on the manufacturer’s application.

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Alpine delivers the first berlinettes to the Gendarmerie


NEWS – During a reception at Place Beauvau, the Rapid Intervention Brigade received the first copies of the 26 A110 berlinettes ordered.

When traveling during the holiday season, some motorists may come across berlinettes of a new kind. The first copies of the 26 Alpine A110 ordered by the Ministry of the Interior for the rapid intervention brigade (BRI), as part of a call for tenders, were delivered during a reception at Place Beauvau, in the presence of by Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, Laurent Rossi, Managing Director of Alpine, and François Loor, Managing Director of Durisotti. This Pas-de-Calais company was responsible for preparing and fitting out French sports cars.

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To meet the missions of the BRI, mainly interventions on the motorway, the berlinettes benefit from reflective marking, serigraphy, a rotating beacon, an audible warning device, a variable message sign and a radio equipment.

Through this supply contract, Alpine and the National Gendarmerie continue a story that began in 1966 with the legendary A110. Between 1973 and 1987, the Dieppe brand which entered the fold of Renault had replaced the A110s with A310s. The Renault group can boast of a long history with the National Gendarmerie since between 1984 and 1987, 18 Turbo supported the missions of the gendarmes. Then, the R21 Turbo (1992 – 1995), the Mégane IDE (2001 – 2006) and the Mégane III RS (2011 – 2021) carried the colors of the Gendarmerie.

The 26 new berlinettes will be gradually delivered to the gendarmerie units during the year 2022. Two of them will be dedicated to rapid intervention training.

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The Gendarmerie will ride in Alpine


NEWS – The rapid intervention brigades will have to learn to pilot a propulsion system with the arrival of a fleet of A110 berlinettes, replacing the Mégane RS.

In a press release, the Home Office announced that it had just placed an order for 26 Alpine A110 Pure finish. Renault has, in fact, won a call for tenders for a period of four years in order to supply rapid intervention vehicles to the gendarmes belonging to the units of the rapid intervention brigades (BRI). The story is an eternal restart since the National Gendarmerie already drove an Alpine berlinette at the end of the sixties to replace the exhausted Matra Djet to monitor vehicle performance and intercept offending vehicles. The 26 AlpineA110s will gradually replace the RenaultMégane RS which are beginning to show the weight of the years and which were to be replaced by Cupra Leon. But, it seems that the outcry over the purchase of foreign models has prompted the state to review its copy.

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Going from a traction to a propulsion will undoubtedly oblige the gendarmes to follow training and piloting lessons. A rear-wheel drive, which is more a rear mid-engine model, requires serious piloting skills to be carried out at high speed. Otherwise, it should come as no surprise that Alpine cars regularly pass through the bodywork box. This had already been the case with the Subaru Impreza, a number of vehicles of which were seriously damaged during their career. Undoubtedly each time an overestimation of his skills and an underestimation of the risks. Unless these crumpled sheets were the result of driving with inappropriate shoes? The BRI had yet called on their hierarchy to drive with pilot ballerinas!

The new Alpine A 110 powered by the 252 horsepower 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder will be produced in the Dieppe plant before being then shipped to Durissoti where the exterior decoration and equipment will be installed. radio and intervention. These vehicles will be dedicated to the interception on the highway of vehicles caught in violation of excessive speeding but also for road safety or judicial police missions, in the context of drug trafficking for example. Delivery of the first copies will begin in 2022.

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Five cars to find under the tree


SELECTION – These are the favorites of the Figaro. Three models are sacred monsters; the fourth approaches it; the fifth is already a phenomenon.

In order to turn our backs on the gloom for a moment, we have selected five cars that deserve to appear at the foot of the tree. Without price constraint, or of any kind. A choice that is as subjective as it is Cornelian, in the light of the richness of the market. Three models are sacred monsters; the fourth approaches it; the fifth is already a phenomenon. All of them meet our concept of the pleasure car. Unlike models that play the utilities. Each of them, in their register, has established itself as a reference. An example to follow. A model that motorists dream of owning and that competitors aspire to emulate.

The queen of our selection is undoubtedly the Porsche 911. A real monument. Born in 1963, this model personifies the German brand and embodies the quintessence of the sports car. Faithful to the original concept but constantly renewed, the 911 crosses the decades with a casualness that commands respect. While being the anti-have-you-seen me,

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