Renault Alpine A110-50 concept has us saying ‘ooh la la’ to this French beauty

Renault Alpine A110-50 concept has us saying ooh la la to this French beauty

It’s certainly been a long time coming, but Renault has officially unveiled its Alpine A110-50 concept at the Monaco Grand Prix. From the start, the French automaker set out to engineer a worthy successor to the original two-door coupe that rocketed around the streets of Europe and took the rally world by storm during the early 1970s.

Striking a contoured and dramatic pose, the Alpine A110-50 concept is anything but dull and features enough visual eye-candy to keep our blood sugar levels dangerously high. Renault’s latest design experiment wears a meticulously crafted suit of carbon fiber and immediately arrests the eyes with a new shade of Alpine Blue bodywork that adorned its predecessors — and became synonymous with the Berlinette — for over 50 years now.

Renault Alpine A110-50 concept angle front

It’s always the little things that matter, though, and Renault’s re-imagined rally masterpiece exhibits a fine level of detail that is sure to place a smile on fans of the beloved original. Details like the front-end’s half-domed headlamps, which provide a technical, if not nostalgic, interpretation of the originals captivating design — complete with full LED yellow lighting, and all — demonstrates the design teams appreciation and understanding of its storied source material.

Renault DezirWhile Renault has christened its latest concept with the historic Alpine moniker, the visual similarities run deep with another of the French company’s concepts: the seductively sexy, Dezir (pictured right). Of course a quick glance at the Dezir – and to a lesser extent the Alpine A110-50 – and we can’t help but be reminded of a certain Audi supercar we’ve grown quite fond of.

Much like the Italians, we have to hand it to the French: they make being stylish seem effortless. But more than just being an earmarked showpiece with its expressive build, split-wing rear spoiler, and scissor doors, the Alpine A110-50 has been engineered with a clear nod to power and performance.

renault alpine a110 50 concept has us saying ooh la to this french beauty rear

Sharing the same technical platform as the Megan Trophy, the Alpine A110-50 is powering by Renault’s very own the mid-rear mounted V4Y engine block, a 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 pumping out 400 horsepower. Impressive to say the least, but Renault has yet to release figures regarding top speed, 0-60 times, and the like. However we do know that Renault has managed to distribute an almost ideal front and rear weight ratio with 47.8 percent resting over the front wheels.

As its name suggest, the Renault Alpine A110-50 is merely a concept — which means no information on pricing or availability — but despite the vehicle’s costly carbon fiber frame, we can’t see any other real barriers preventing this French beauty from rolling down the ritzy runway of a Monte Carlo showroom floor in the near future. Here’s hoping it does.

Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Home Theater

Sling TV offers free shows, a la carte subscription channels to Roku users

If you are among a select group of Roku users, Sling TV has added free TV shows and the option to subscribe to individual channels without having to subscribe to the company's base level of channels.
Cars

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.
Cars

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.
Cars

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.
Cars

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.
Cars

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.