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In the strangest automotive reboot ever, the Brazilian Alpine A108 is back

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In the strangest automotive reboot ever, the Brazilian Alpine A108 is back

The Renault Alpine A108, and more so, its successor the A110, were neat little rear-engined French sportscars that also happened to kick serious ass in international rally. The final versions of the A110 were ferocious competitors and took a couple of WRC victories in the 1970s. But the A108 was also produced in Brazil by Willys-Overland, bizarrely. It was called the Willys Interlagos. And that is what is being rebooted by a pair of Italian coachbuilders, Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti, showing off this strange (but not unattractive) creation called the 2015 Willys AW 380 Berlinetta at the Bologna Motor Show. READ MORE: This little Brazilian Fiesta-based SUV is the baby SVT Raptor we want The running gear is roughly sketched out in the companys press release, but its pedigree is a mystery. The Willys, which isnt a concept but the first in a line of what the company hopes to be a 110-car run, is said to contain a 610-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine, a 6-speed sequential paddle-shifted transmission, and a carbon fiber body. They claim its all good for a 2.5-second run to 62 mph, for what thats worth. The first car, its claimed, has already been sold so a Russian conglomerate in the Balkans, and theyre eying a Middle Eastern distributor. But at 380,000 euros each, its not clear how much pent-up demand for a revival of a Brazilian version of a French sportscar that predates the much more successful A110. See? Its strange. Not terrible, just strange. via World Car Fans 

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