The Alpine A310 is a sports car built by French manufacturer Alpine, from 1971 to 1984.
Dieppe-based Alpine, once an independent company specialising in faster Renaults, later a Renault subsidiary, established a fine competition history with the Alpine A110 winning the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally and World Rally Championship. The successor was the Alpine A310, initially powered by tuned 17TS/Gordini four-cylinder engine, still rear-mounted. The maximum power reaching 127 PS (93 kW; 125 hp), thanks to the use of 2 twin-barrel 45 DCOE Weber carburetors.
The first model of the A310, built 1971-1976, was a car with a four-cylinder engine and six frontlights. In 1976 the A310 was restyled by Robert Opron and fitted with the more powerful and newly developed 90-degree 2,664 cc V6 PRV engine, as used in some Renaults, Volvos and Peugeots.
1972 Alpine A310 rear view
The basis of the A310 was a hefty tubular steel backbone chassis, clothed in a fiberglass shell. Like the ill-fated De Lorean DMC-12, which used the same PRV powertrain, the engine was mounted longitudinally in the rear, driving forward to the wheels through a manual 5-speed gearbox. With 149 bhp (111 kW) on tap, the A310 PRV V6 was Renault's performance flagship capable of 220 km/h (137 mph) and acceptable acceleration. The tail-heavy weight distribution gave handling characteristics similar to the contemporary Porsche 911. Beginning with model year 1981 (in late 1980), the rear suspension was shared with the mid-engined Renault 5 Turbo. Rather than the previous three-lug wheels, the A310 also received the alloys used for the 5 Turbo, albeit without the painted elements.
In the later Models (1983-1984) of the A310 a "GTPack" which was inspired from the Group4 A310 racing cars would be developed, it gained wheel arches, larger spoilers front and rear. A few Alpine A310 V6 GT Pack Kit Boulogne was built (27), the PRV-V6 was bored out to a 2.9 L motor was modified by Alpine, fitted with 3x Weber 42DCNF carburetors that pushed power to 193 hp (144 kW).
|TOTAL||2 340 units|
|1977||1 220 units|
|1978||1 216 units|
|1979||1 381 units|
|1980||1 138 units|
|1981||1 284 units|
|1982||1 095 units|
|1983||1 139 units|
|TOTAL||9 276 units|
A310 4-cylinder model variants
A310 1600 Series 1 (55L fuel tank, 3 stud suspension, 4-cylinder engine, 5 speed transmission)
|VE||1971–1974||1605 cc (R17TS Injection)||type 365-10||125 hp (93 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min||carburetors - twin 45 DCOE weber||840 kg (1,852 lb)|
|VF||1973–1976||1605 cc (R17TS Injection/Gordini)||type 365-10||127 hp (95 kW). DIN à 6450 tr/min||Injection - electronic direct Bosch D-Jetronic||825 kg (1,819 lb)|
|VG||1975–1976||1647 cc (R17 Gordini)||type 365-24||95 hp (71 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min||carburetors - single weber, double throat 32 Weber DAR7||825 kg (1,819 lb)|
A310 V6 model variants
A310 V6 | Series 1 1977–1980 : 2664 cc (R 30 TS) V6 | manual transmission 4-speed (type 367-05) > 5-speed (type 369-02) Power 150 hp (110 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min | 1 carburetor single throat Solex 34 TBIA and 1 carburetor double throat Solex 35 CEEI 3 stud R30 inspired suspension. | Weight 980 kg (2,161 lb). | Fuel Tank 62 L.
A310 V6 | Series 2 1981–1985 : 2664 cc (R 30 TS) V6 | manual transmission 5-speed (type 369-02) Power 150 hp (110 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min | 1 carburetor single throat Solex 34 TBIA and 1 carburetor double throat Solex 35 CEEI. 4 stud R5 Turbo inspired suspension, restyled exterior, new bumpers | Weight 980 kg (2,161 lb). | Fuel Tank 62 L.
A310 V6 "Pack GT" 1982–1985 : 2664 cc (R 30 TS) V6 | manual transmission 5-speed (type 369-02) Power 150 hp (110 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min | 1 carburetor single throat Solex 34 TBIA and 1 carburetor double throat Solex 35 CEEI. 4 stud R5 Turbo inspired suspension, flared arches, aerodynamic kit, larger wheels etc. | Weight 980 kg (2,161 lb). | Fuel Tank 62 L.
A310 V6 "Pack GT Boulogne" 1982–1985 : 2849 cc (Volvo) V6 | manual transmission 5-speed (type 369-02) Power 193 hp (144 kW). DIN à 6000 tr/min | 2 carburetor triple throat vertical Weber 46 IDA. 4 stud R5 Turbo inspired suspension, flared arches, aerodynamic kit, larger wheels, etc.
|1971||4-cylinder carburetors||1600 VE||001||0010|
|1972||4-cylinder carburetors||1600 VE||0011||0550|
|1973||4-cylinder carburetors||1600 VE||0551||1200|
|1974||4-cylinder injection||1600 VF||21185||21750|
|1975||4-cylinder injection||1600 VF||21751||22016|
|1976||4-cylinder injection||1600 VF||22017||22137|
|1976||4-cylinder simply carb||1600 VG||40000||40386|
|V6 GR IV|
|V6 GT||2700 VAA|
|V6 GT||2700 VAA|
|V6 GT||2700 VAA|
A 1977 Alpine A310 Featured on the UK car restoration show Wheeler Dealers,
episode 4, series 9 (2012).