Legendary French brand re-launches and instantly creates convincing alternative to a Porsche Cayman
You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of Alpine. After all, the French brand never sold its quirky rear-engine creations Down Under but over in Europe its motorsport heritage is the stuff of legends. Plucky Alpine won against bigger, better-funded teams like Porsche in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Reborn for 2018, Alpine will once again return to making cars. Better yet, its first road car in more than two decades, the A110, lands in Australia this June. True to its roots, it’s once again gunning for its old German sparring partner, specifically the sublime Porsche 718 Cayman. Read on to find out why, against all odds, the new A110 is once again victorious.
Alpine’s first car since the mid-1990s, Porsche 911-rivalling A610 could have ended up as one giant cynical marketing exercise. We’re talking re-badged Clio or Megane RS.
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