Throwback Thursday – Renault builds a Porsche rival, 15 March 1986
Source : Throwback Thursday – Renault builds a Porsche rival, 15 March 1986
Beneath in which retro external lives a turbocharged 2.5-litre V6; fine chassis balance in addition to also also informative steering made in which a tough opponent for the 944
During a significant overhaul of the Alpine A310 within the mid-1980s, Renault installed a V6 turbocharged engine in addition to also also created the GTA Turbo. With its rear-engined format, an ultra-sleek 2+2 Centeng in addition to also also a claimed top speed of 155mph, in which combined old in addition to also also completely new with some panache.
Its engine was essentially the Renault 25 Turbo’s with an intercooler, a redesigned exhaust system, modified ignition in addition to also also injection in addition to also also a larger sump. As a result, the 2458cc V6 put out 200bhp at 5750rpm in addition to also also 210lb ft at 2500rpm.
“in which is actually no easier to categorise than its predecessors,” David Vivian wrote in Autocar’s sister publication, Motor. “Although more confidently a ‘supercar’, in which remains a dedicated in addition to also also beguiling oddball – a cross, if you can imagine such a thing, between the rear-engined however effective Porsche 911 in addition to also also its slicker, more practical 944 Turbo stablemate.”
Vivian travelled to the Netherlands to test a GTA on road in addition to also also on track at Zandvoort, lining up a 944 Turbo for comparison. He wrote: “The completely new chiselnosed Centeng – made up via glassfibrereinforced resin panels glued together in addition to also also mated to the steel chassis – is actually both bigger in addition to also also sleeker than the old A310’s. The A310 was indisputably cramped, a pretend 2+2. The completely new car’s cabin is actually roomier in all directions, with genuine ‘occasional’ seats within the back.”
The Alpine performed well on Zandvoort’s main straight. in which sprinted to 30mph in 2.2sec, 60mph in 6.0sec in addition to also also 100mph in 16.0sec. The more powerful however heavier 944 Turbo pipped the Alpine to 60mph in 5.9sec in addition to also also had pulled out just over a second’s lead by 100mph.
“On the road, the Renault feels even quicker than these figures would likely suggest, however for the wrong reasons,” Vivian reported. “As with the R25 Turbo, the suddenness of the power delivery in addition to also also the protracted nature of the preceding turbo lag contrive to make progress anything however fluid. Spasms of acceleration squirt the Alpine Turbo past strings of slower traffic in very short order, however the novelty soon wanes on twisting roads in which demand a more measured application of power.”
The reward for finding a clear, winding road, though, was handling of an order beyond the reach of all however the best-sorted 911s. Vivian said: “The Alpine is actually satisfying in addition to also also forgiving, with light, informative steering in addition to also also terrific grip via the squat tyres. Its initial tendency is actually to run wide, however power can be used to settle the cornering line in addition to also also, in extremis, slide the tail.
“There’s little in which’s subtle about the ride, which, while superbly well controlled at speed, is actually interminably restless in addition to also also jars over transverse ridges.”
Vivian concluded: “We were fans of the A310 in addition to also also the Alpine Turbo is actually better still. in which includes a wonderfully dramatic presence on the road in addition to also also its chassis is actually second only to those of the best machines.”
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