Alpine A110 (2018) Ready to Fight Porsche 718 Cayman?. Alpine is back to claim its position in the sports car segment, with only one promise: driving pleasure.
The A110’s aluminium platform and body are bonded, riveted and welded to provide an exceptionally rigid yet light structure.The A110 is ultra-light at only 1080 kg kerb weight (excluding options). Its compact size (4178mm long, 1798mm wide and 1252mm high), optimal weight distribution (44% front/ 56% rear) and low centre of gravity are all dedicated to agility – especially on the type of winding mountain road that made Alpine’s reputation back in the 60s and 70s.
Alpine’s mass is also concentrated around the centre of the car, with the fuel tank behind the front axle and the engine in front of the rear axle, enabling the driver to feel at one with the car.
The A110 is equipped with a new 1.8l 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Alpine’s engineers, together with Renault Sport, have customized this engine for Alpine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune. The engine has a maximum power output of 185kW/252PS and maximum torque of 320Nm. Combined with the low kerb weight of only 1080kgs, the A110’s excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4.3 kg/PS (233PS/t) enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 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 at all times.
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) in which the engine and gearbox settings, steering, ESC, exhaust note and driver display are adapted to suit the driving conditions (and the driver’s mood).
Combining the timeless Alpine principles of compact size, lightweight and agility, this mid-engined two-seat sports coupe is true to the spirit of its predecessors and in particular the A110 ‘Berlinette’. The new car will be built in the Alpine factory in Dieppe and deliveries will start late 2017 in Continental Europe. Deliveries in the UK and Japan will start in 2018.
Alpine has set its tentative recommended retail price for the Première Edition at:
58,500 Euros TTC (VAT included) in France
64,000 Swiss Francs (VAT included) in Switzerland.
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