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Is Alpine court­ing crit­i­cism by mak­ing its new car dual-clutch only? And one reader sug­gests an in­no­va­tive ac­cel­er­a­tion rat­ing

IT’S A LOVELY LOOK­ING THING, THE NEW ALPINE, BUT I al­ready know that the road test is go­ing to have a ‘but…’ in it. En­gi­neer David Twohig says he lost sleep over a 500g weight sav­ing ( evo 234), yet this car has a seven-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion! Now, I’m no en­gi­neer, but I’m pretty sure your av­er­age dual-clutch ’box is heav­ier than a man­ual, yet a man­ual won’t even be an op­tion. It’s as if Renault has for­got­ten why it got ham­mered for its last hot Clio and hasn’t learnt.

Come on, Renault. You said you couldn’t make the Clio RS16 be­cause the fac­tory would be at ca­pac­ity build­ing the A110, but now we’ve seen its spec sheet and a col­lec­tive heart sinks. Ev­ery­one was go­ing mad for the RS16 be­cause it had that stonk­ing en­gine and man­ual gear­box from the Mé­gane, ad­dress­ing the is­sue that made the Clio 200 Auto the dunce of the class, so we know you can do it. Lis­ten to the peo­ple. Read the mo­tor­ing press. See what the used prices of 911 Rs are. At least give us a bloody op­tion! If you re­ally do pri­ori­tise fun over fig­ures, prove it. Mark Yard­ley

Thelet­terofthe Mon­th­win­san Avi­a­tor­watch The writer of this month’s star let­ter re­ceives an Aviator Aira­co­bra P45 Chrono. In­spired by the pi­lots’ watches of the 1940s, it has a 45mm case, a Swiss-made quartz move­ment, and Su­per­lu­mi­nova in­dexes for out­stand­ing leg­i­bil­ity.

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