The GT's origins can be traced back to the early 1970s and the Al 10 two-seater sportscars which also excelled in racing and rallying. And with Renault's manufacturing might behind the new model, it had everything going for it in 1985, except image. The car used a separate steel backbone chassis with subframes at the front and rear carrying the suspension/steering and engine/'box. Suspension was double wishbone all around which gave very good handling even with rear weight bias split 37:63. The all-aluminium engine had a cam-per-bank and two valves per cylinder in the hemispherical combustion chambers. A short-stroke crankshaft meant the V6 was rev happy, but its real power came through the turbo, which gave great torque at low rpm. This was a great driver's machine, having very controllable handling and a near-perfect driving position.
Renault Alpine V6 GT/Turbo Specifications
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