The successor to the A110, the A310, was initially powered by a rear-mounted, tuned 17TS/Gordini four-cylinder engine. Its maximum power was 127PS (93kW; 125hp). The car was first shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Early models had a NACA duct mounted near the window, whilst later four-cylinder cars received two, mounted closer to the front of the car. In 1976, to help flagging sales, the lower-cost A310 SX was presented. This model has a 95 PS (70 kW) version of the Renault 16/17's 1647 cc inline-four and simplified equipment.
The basis of the A310 was a hefty tubular steel backbone chassis, clothed in a fiberglass shell and the entire body was moulded in a single piece. The engine was mounted longitudinally in the rear, driving forward to the wheels through a manual five-speed gearbox. The car took 130 hours to build from start to finish.
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