The A610 represented the end of the line for Alpine production
out of the Dieppe factory. A total of 818 were built according
to factory records of which 67 where right hand drive. Production
started in 91 and finished in 95.
The A610 boasted a new 3 litre engine with Garrett turbo
producing 250 BHP with a 0 to 60mph of 5.7 secs. The composite
bodied super car was the French equivalent of the Porsche.
Final production featured leather interior, C.D. player and
sport alloy wheels as standard.
In 1994 a Bi-Turbo version was entered for Le Mans carrying
on the Alpine competitive tradition, finishing a very respectable
13th overall. The model was poorly marketed in the U.K. by
Renault who were unable to use the Alpine name here. So slipped
away into obscurity, one of the best value for money super
cars of its day.
In July 2001 Classic and Sports car magazine ran a comparative
test against Porsche, Lotus, TVR and Ferrari. It concluded
the article by saying "Look no further for your adrenalin-charged
thrills. That the A610 has been so criminally over looked
for so long is a crying shame, but you secretly hope that
things stay that way. Drive one and you'll take it to your
heart. So ignore it, please. We don't want anyone else to
know about the Alpine's existence"
I know they were impressed, I was there!
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