I know, I know. The Alpine V6 Turbo did feature not that long ago on a French Friday post from TFritch. But as I have, eh, many of these I’ll just have to display one once in a while so this is another one. TFritch’s was le Patron des Patrons of the GTA for me, the wide-body Le Mans. This one though, the Mille Miles, was actually the Return of Alpine. Why?
Because the name Mille Miles, named after that epic Mille Miglia race, was used before on a real Alpine I mentioned here before. The A106. And Alpine used this package to invigorate the fact it wasn’t a “Renault Alpine” anymore, but an Alpine. Because who on earth, in the market for a Porsche 911, would opt for some Renault-badged car instead?
So the Renault diamond was removed from it’s nose to make way for the Alpine A in white and blue. The last Alpine that had featured this logo was the 4-banger A310, the one with those impressive 6 head-lights. And from the introduction of the V6 Mille Miles the brand from Dieppe was, once again, marketed as a real sports car manufacturer instead of just being a Renault-model.
There’s no real significant differences between this Mille Miles and the normal GTA V6 Turbo. Same Garret T3 turbocharged 2458cc PRV V6 engine. Same suspension and brakes. But available in any color as long as it was this red. With that Alpine Mille Milles vinyl on the “frunk”.
There were some luxuries added to the Mille Miles that normally were optional. And this was the reason the 100 Mille Miles were sold easily: A normal V6 Turbo with the same specifications would have costed 6.000 Francs extra. Among these options was airconditioning so you can imagine how easily the choice was made for such a small limited series. 1 of the 100 units ended up at Renault’s own collection.
The introduction of the Mille Miles and the proclamation of the return of Alpine was done at an event meant to commemorate 3 other things: the anniversary of 35 years of Alpine, the 20th birthday of the production facilities at the Avenue de Bréauté in Dieppe and the fact the Bérex department existed. Bérex is the department of Renault which does studies for both Renault and Alpine.
The resurrection of Alpine didn’t really catch on for Renault. The A610 was, when it comes to it’s looks, not much more then a facelifted GTA. Nonetheless it is a completely different car, sharing only the windows with the GTA. But the A610 proved to be the last of the Alpines. All signs are hinting on another attempt this year though, fingers crossed!
The model itself is a Norev built for media company M6 Interactions, just like the A106 I mentioned before. It certainly isn’t on par with a Spark but the series itself is actually something I still need more of. But first I’ll have to get TFritch’s Le Mans. But in Blue Alpine. If you want to know how these looked:
Getting pricier in 1:1 every year, the Le Mans is totally out of reach for me. I’m not sure about the Mille Miles as it in fact was nothing more than a luxury package. In a color that isn’t Alpine’s best. Normal V6's still can be found for reasonable prices. But I’m afraid they’ll be skyrocketing, just like the A310 already has done last couple of years.
Le Fin! I so hope the return of Alpine will be a great one. The Alpine Vision Concept had me in awe, it’s such a pretty car. I can only pray to the gods it is 80% like the production car that’s eminent. But for now: Bon Week-End!