At this year’s Geneva International Motorshow, Alpine presented their 2018 A110, reentering the market after a 20-year hiatus.
The mid-engine Alpine A110 sport coupe is born in bred in Dieppe, and its French influence marries a weight-saving dynamic design with unique appeal and superior track-ready performance. The lightweight 2-seater has my mouth watering with its opulent Alpine Blue shell, Sabelt seats and aluminum and carbon fiber inside and out.
While its sleek body and 4 individual LED head lights give it a softer look in the front, the stout sides, protruding rump and chrome exhaust design create a sporty stalwart look in the rear. The whip calls to mind an F-Type coupe merged with a Tesla Model S.
The Alpine is ultra light with a curb weight of just 1080 kg, but sits low and planted thanks its rigid aluminum frame and mass at the center of the coupe. The design is homage to the original A110 Berlinette adding modern efficiency and performance innovations.
Its compact size (4178mm long, 1798mm wide and 1252mm high), optimal weight distribution (44% front/ 56% rear) and low center of gravity are all dedicated to agility. Alpine’s A110 mass is also concentrated around the center of the car, with the fuel tank behind the front axle and the engine in front of the rear axle.
At the front, four independent LED daytime running lights and the bonnet’s central ‘spine’ clearly show Alpine’s DNA. At the rear, ‘X’ shaped LED tail lights with dynamic turn indicators give the car a modern look, while the sloping, wrap-around rear screen are reminiscent of Alpine’s past models.
Air inlets in the front bumper create a curtain along the front wheel wells, improving air flow around the front wheels and reducing drag. The 18-inch lightweight forged aluminium wheels on the A110 are designed by Otto Fuchs.
The Alpine A110’s “minimalist” interior is clad with smooth natural grain leather, aluminium and carbon fiber trim – me likey.
Here’s where things get really exciting. Designers from Renault-Nissan Alliance equipped Alpine’s A110 1.8 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a special intake, turbocharged, exhaust and engine tune to achieve an impressive 233 hp/ ton power-to-weight ratio. The mighty 4-cylinder boasts 252 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. Plus the little rocket has a top speed of 155 mph and will jet to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds!
The engine is mated to a Getrag 7-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox, with gear ratios specifically developed for Alpine to ensure optimal performance. Aided by intensive use of fluid dynamics simulation, the lightweight, single exit active sports exhaust system in the A110 has been developed for performance and sound quality.
The A110 has three driver modes Normal, Sport, Track, that tune the engine and gearbox, steering, ESC, and exhaust note. And the A110 has agile double wishbone front and rear suspension for race-track precision in everyday driving.
The rear brake system, customized for Alpine offers a 2.5 g weight savings with its integrated parking brake actuator. Brembo developed the A110’s all-aluminium brake calipers.
The left-handed 2017 Alpine Première Edition sold out in 5 days last December. But Alpine is taking orders in Japan and in the UK for the remaining right-hand driving models. Reservations for the 2018 Alpine A110 production model will open soon.