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
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