Alpine or Porsche?

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Re­ally loved CAR June, al­most too much! Why? Be­cause I am a long-stand­ing Porsche fan so fea­tur­ing the 70-year land­mark was right up my street. But also be­cause I have a real soft spot for Alpine Re­naults. I re­mem­ber them back in the day for their mo­tor­sport an­tics, par­tic­u­larly in the WRC. They looked and sounded fan­tas­tic and were in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful.

When I saw the Alpine Vi­sion con­cept car at Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed in 2016, next to a se­lec­tion of suc­cess­ful Alpine rac­ers, I was truly ex­cited at the prospect of a new road car, but doubted that Re­nault would do it.

Then last year. also at Good­wood, there it was, in the iconic metal­lic blue, look­ing stun­ning in the sun­shine, sleek and pur­pose­ful, just like its ’70s pre­de­ces­sor, and avail­able at a rel­a­tively af­ford­able price. Well done Re­nault I say! I was in­vited to put down a de­posit on one there and then, and was sorely tempted.

So here is my dilemma. My cur­rent ev­ery­day driver is a 997 Car­rera S: love it, but it’s get­ting on a bit, so it’s time to change it. The cost to up­grade to a newer 911 is a challenge: not sure about the 718 Cay­man, and now there is an ac­tual Alpine in the mix. Your com­par­i­son with the Fi­esta ST only served to pique my in­ter­est fur­ther. What to do?

The Fi­esta doesn’t sound too shabby ei­ther!

Richard Chad­der­ton

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