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the return of the Alpine A110 soon?

The gendarmerie and Alpine, it’s a long love story! Who could (maybe) soon know a new chapter …

Alpine and the gendarmerie, it’s a long love story. The first berlinetta A110 equip the newly trained rapid intervention brigades (BRI), as early as 1967. Then, in the 1970s, its descendant, the A310, is rampant on the motorway. But then, Alpine collapsed, and the police turned to high-performance models from other brands: Peugeot 405 T16, 306 S16, and, more recently, the Renault Megane RS.

But since then, the gendarmerie has created controversy. At the end of 2020, the State announced that it had entered into a contract with Seat for the purchase of Leon Cupra. Since then, it is the debacle: only 17 copies would have been delivered, before the government denounces its contract. Reason: Cupra are not not clean enough, but also, in filigree, not French enough.

Since then, no more announcements. A perfect ground to inflate the wildest rumors … As a possible great return of Alpine to the gendarmerie.

36 Alpine A110 in preparation?

This is the specialized site Mountaineers who announces to know from a reliable source that the gendarmerie would have ordered 36 Alpine A110, including two unmarked, to equip its rapid brigades. Also according to the site, they would even be already being prepared at Durisotti, the bodybuilder usually responsible for adapting police and gendarmerie vehicles.

And Mountaineers seems quite certain of her information, she is hard to believe. First, if the government was aiming for a cleaner picture, it failed: although equipped with the relatively small engine of the Mégane RS, it still suffers a penalty. Above all, she is much less practical than an edgy sedan: very small trunk, only two seats, limited space on board … It’s hard to imagine that all the gendarmerie equipment can fit in the little berlinette.

Still, this rumor has the merit of making people dream of the return of the “glory days” of the BRI, and of a certain automotive passion among the police. What push them to show more understanding on the roads? Don’t dream too much anyway …

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