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The Alpine A110 SportsX Is The Best Lifestyle Vehicle Ever Built

Inspired by the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally-winning A110, the SportsX in a concept we sorely want to get made

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A word of warning: if you read on, you’ll be left feeling utterly conflicted about Alpine. On the one hand, the Renault-owned brand has just built the A110 SportsX - a vision of sports car excellence that laughs in the face of ‘lifestyle’ crossovers. But on the other, we’re told it’s merely a “styling exercise” which “is not available for sale”. What an awful tease.

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It pays homage to various rally versions of the original A110, with the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally-winning example used as the main inspiration. Using the A110 Pure as a starting point, the Sports X has been given an 80mm wider body and an increase in ride height to give an additional 60mm of ground clearance.

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Technical details are scarce, so we’re left to assume the 247bhp 1.8-litre inline-four turbo engine has been left alone. We can, however, see that it’s sporting a lovely new ski rack - perfect for your next road trip to the Alps. It’s one of the few things to be added, as the car “remains faithful to Alpine’s DNA: lightness and agility for driving pleasure,” the brand says.

If you fancy going to give it a longing look in the metal, the Alpine A110 SportsX is on display alongside an A110 S from 29 January at the International Automobile Festival in Paris.