Alpine Shows Off The A120's Alluring Aluminium Chassis

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Here's your first look at the upcoming Alpine A110 successor.

In case you didn't already know, Renault is resurrecting the Alpine A110. We recently found out that its sports car successor will finally be revealed at Geneva, and we now have the first official photos of the A120. But before you get too excited, we only get to see the bare bodywork and alluring aluminium chassis. The photos, taken from Renault's historic Dieppe plant where the original Alpine was built, show how the mid-engined sports car will be made up of aluminium in both its chassis and most of the bodywork, thus making it extremely light.

It should be a hoot to handle. We'll most likely have to wait until Geneva in March to find out more about the new Alpine, but the order books are already open for the initial batch of Premier Editions limited to just 1955 models. Performance specs haven't been revealed yet, but Alpine has previously promised that the A120 will hit 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. Its engine is expected to be a 1.8-liter turbocharged unit derived from a 1.6-liter Renault Clio RS to deliver a power output of around 250 horsepower, while a performance variant will possibly boost that up to 300 hp. Prices will start at $59,000 - $64,000 when the Alpine A120 hits Europe later this year, with the possibility of branching out to the US at a later date.

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