HIGH SO­CI­ETY

JACKED-UP CON­CEPT AIMS TO BE AS MUCH FUN OFF-ROAD AS ON. WE AP­PROVE

Wheels (Australia) - - CONTENTS - TRENT GIUNCO

First they came for your wag­ons, now sports coupes are go­ing high-rise

IT MIGHT leave you ask­ing “what the?” but the rally-raid Alpine A110 SportsX con­cept cer­tainly has our at­ten­tion. And it’s but the lat­est in a grow­ing trend of jacked-up sports coupes that the in­dus­try seems to be gaug­ing public ap­petite for.

This trib­ute to the 1973 Monte

Carlo Rally-win­ning A110 isn’t slated for sale as yet, but such is the rapid pro­to­typ­ing flex­i­bil­ity in Dieppe that it’s not in­con­ceiv­able that it could be made pro­duc­tion-vi­able.

The SportsX con­cept is based on the A110 Pure, with the body and track widened by 80mm over the stan­dard Alpine to fit the beefier rub­ber.

To help the two-door coupe cope with rough ter­rain, the ride height has been raised by 60mm to af­ford vi­tal ground clear­ance. Vi­sion out the back of the mid-en­gined sports car is ham­pered some­what by the fact that a pair of skis are strapped to the rear glass. But then, like the ex­tra body cladding, they tell the world you live an ac­tive life­style.

We first saw Alpine de­signer Lau­rent Ne­groni’s sketches of the SportsX ap­pear on In­sta­gram, and it was fol­lowed by the car ap­pear­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fes­ti­val of the In­valides in Paris. There’s no word on me­chan­i­cal changes, but the A110’s 185kW would prob­a­bly be more than am­ple on dirt and snow.

If you’re after some­thing more, 150,000 eu­ros will net you the 223kW A110 Rally R-GT racer. Snow tyres, skis and a lifter kit are down to you.

To help the SportsX cope off-road, ride height has been raised 60mm

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