Renault stepped away from their Porsche Macan rival project to take on a different project that has the automotive world buzzing. The Alpine A110 Sports X was put together for the Automobile Festival (FAI) in Paris to exhibit what the Renault design and engineering teams were capable of—and from the looks of the car, that’s quite a bit.
The Alpine A110 Sports X was derived from the original A110—the car that on the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. At first blush, the Sports X looks like an elegant sports car, but when you look forward, you begin to pick up on attributes that are usually reserved for an SUV. One of the first things you’ll notice is the ski rack, which also implies that the car is more than capable enough to get you to the slopes in spite of any snow you might run across. You’ll also note that the suspension has been modified to provide an additional 60mm of ground clearance. The wheel arches have also been widened to the tune of another 80mm, giving the car more of an off-road appearance. The A110 is a light car, tipping the scales at just 1,098 kg, which combines nicely with the mid-engined turbocharged 1.8-liter gas engine. Combined with a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission, the engine delivers 248 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. As it’s based on the A110 Pure, the Sports X most likely shares it’s 0 to 62 miles per hour speed of 4.5 seconds as well as its electronically governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.
The bad news of all this, however, is that this coupe is a one-off. It was joined on the stage with a few other stunning projects from Renault, such as the 1966 A210-0 prototype and the 2015 Vision Gran Turismo. Renault also showed off a 1971 A110 13300 as well as the A110S that was launched last year and that features more power along with other upgrades.