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Alpine GTA D501-100 V6 Turbo '88

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Alpine GTA  D501-100 V6 Turbo '88 (1988)

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Make Alpine
Model GTA D501-100 V6 Turbo '88
Type coupe
Construction year 1988
KM 74828
Cilinder displacement 2458
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive
  • Belgian MOT
  • Has the right Alpine colour: Alpine blue
  • First-class aerodynamics

 

The Alpine GTA was introduced as the successor to the Alpine A310 in 1984. Alpine have a really unique style, which is their greatest strength, and it is once again emphasized in this futuristic, almost space-age sports car, that has been designed as if it had travelled from the future to the past. It is the first Alpine to be fully built under Renault’s supervision, the goal was clear: to provide French competition to Porsche's 911 and 944, not an easy task.

In an era when Porsche's immense success intimidated, even threatened all car manufacturers, Alpine were the brave to directly challenge it. In 1984, they introduced the GTA, a four-seater coupe with a futuristic look and a sleek design. Its futuristic design made it able to be aerodynamic, and not just a little bit – objectively. It was actually ‘one of the most aerodynamic cars available’. on top of that, it was incredibly fast. Additionally, it was the first Alpine built under the complete control of Renault; previously, Alpine had been merely a subsidiary of Renault that mostly used Renault components.

Under the hood of this time-travelled machine resides the well-known 2.9-litre PRV engine, a V6 that was developed in a collaboration between Renault, Peugeot, and Volvo, which had previously earned its place in other equally futuristic cars like the DMC DeLorean.

The futuristic theme continues inside as well. The center console continues to the back seat and the ‘interactive’ dashboard features gauges and meters that enhance the driving experience even further. The gear stick is uniquely positioned to the left on the center console, the stalwart steering wheel hints at sportiness, and the door panels are pragmatically equipped with ‘Alpine’-branded speakers. Undoubtedly, the racetrack is this car’s hometown, nevertheless, it is very fit to daily traffic.

Over the years, various variants appear, including a turbocharged model with a smaller 2.4-litre engine and a few limited-edition versions. Due to changes in regulations, the car was equipped with a catalytic converter from 1987 onwards. In 1991, production stops and the GTA is succeeded by the A610.

Alpine GTA V6 Turbo

The Alpine GTA V6 Turbo, or 'D501 05' for Europe and 'D50 A' for the United States, was built shortly after the first anniversary of Alpine and their GTA. It featured a smaller 2.4-liter engine but was equipped with a turbocharger that avoided power loss, eventually power was even increased adding this turbo.

The Alpine GTA V6 Turbo is a rare car, not too many people have heard of it, making it special. It is the perfect vintage car for enthusiasts who adore French temperament in a sporty package.

Technical information:

Body work

  • Length (cm): 433 (170 inch)
  • Width (cm): 175 (69 inch)
  • Height (cm): 120 (47 inch)
  • Wheelbase (cm): 234 (92 inch)
  • Weight (kg): 1210 (2668 lbs)

Mechanics

  • Engine: Turbocharged 2458 cc mid-engine V6
  • Valve gear: 12
  • Fuel system: Renix MPI
  • Gear box: 5-speed manual
  • Transmission: RWD
  • Left-steered
  • power: 197 hp (147 kW) at 5750 t/m
  • torque: 285 Nm at 2500 t/m
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
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