With little word from Renault on the future of its mooted Alpine sports car revival, the choices for fans of the marque are slim.
If you’re interested in the classic Alpines A110 – now trading hands for prices north of £40,000 – but need more power, Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Viotti and Maggiora have the answer – the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta.
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For 380,000 euros (£300,000 approx) your can put your name down on the 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder coupe. Driving through a six-speed gearbox to the rear wheels, the power unit produces 610bhp and a hefty 612lb ft of torque, yet the carbonfibre body weighs a relatively slight 1350kg.
Claimed performance figures of 2.7sec to 62mph and 212mph at the top end comfortably eclipse those of the AW 380’s stylistic progeny and put the Willys well into supercar-scaring territory.
While a MacPherson strut front suspension setup and multi-link rear is relatively prosaic by the same standards, ceramic composite discs with six pistons calipers front and four-pistons at the rear are very much à la mode.
Original Alpine A110s ran on puny 13in wheels in racing spec and 15in on the road. To hide those 380mm brakes, the AW 380 requires 19in alloys up front and 20in rears, wrapped in de rigeur Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tyres.
Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti will make 110 examples (natch) of the AW 380. The car is currently on display at the Bologna motor show.