The Alpine A120 is so aerodynamically efficient that it doesn’t require a rear wing.
Alpine has been teasing its upcoming comeback sports car, rumored to be called the A120 as a successor to the legendary A110, ahead of its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The only official shot we’ve seen so far shows its alluring aluminium chassis, so it's safe to assume that this will be an extremely agile sports car that should drive like a dream. Now, Alpine has revealed the A120 will have “remarkable aerodynamics.”
A brief description from Alpine explains how the lightweight sports car will incorporate a “technique carried over from the world of supercars and high-level motor racing” by fitting a flat floor and a diffuser into the rear bumper to generate “significant downforce and excellent stability.” It’s so aerodynamic, in fact, that Alpine didn’t feel the need to fit a rear wing to the A120, thus making it more aerodynamically efficient and enhancing its looks by allowing "the design team and engineers to achieve the sleek, fluid upper body shape."
In terms of performance, Alpine has so far revealed that its new sports car will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, but hasn’t revealed any exact specifications yet. Rumor has it that it will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline unit lifted from the 1.6-liter found in the Renault Clio RS and will produce power in the region of 250-300 horsepower. At least we don’t have too long to wait for the full reveal at Geneva in March.