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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Alpine A110
i love those 'ickle Alpines.
but lads...i'm sorry, i'm going to chuck a spanner in the cool works. Yes, had a brilliant rally career, yes it made the Alpine name desirable...but, i'm not quite convinced it's cool. (this isn't a Renault-thing, by the way). I'd put it down as scraping-through-by-the-skin-of-its-teeth cool, rather than uber-cool.
Why? Well, compare it to a Bertone GTV for a sec. The GTV is beautiful. The Alpine's looks are 'interesting'. The GTV's engine is a peach. The Alpine's isn't. The GTV is stylish inside. The Alpine is...functional. The Alpine has a race heritage to be proud of. So does the GTV (and some!)
It's a former race car cashing in on its success, and it now looks dated; its strengths lie in what it achieved in the past, rather than bringing anything of note into the future. It ultimately had more of a halo-effect for the Alpine brand (which I think now assembles the excellent RenaultSport cars) than the A110 itself.
So it's cool...but only just, imho.
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