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Beautiful French Car We Can't Have Will Get Additional Weight Reduction Which Is Nice I Guess: Report

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See that beautiful blue car up there? It’s the reborn Alpine A110 and, no duh, it’s not coming to the United States. So we can only admire it from afar and fantasize about how great the alleged sportier version will be.

Apparently, there’s a “Sport Chassis” A110 that will have a more tuned version of the car’s standard 1.8-liter engine, raising the power output up from 252 horsepower to 300, according to Auto Express, citing unnamed sources. Also, weight saving is in the works, too:
The A110 is already an extremely light car due to its widespread use of aluminium. However, Alpine’s engineers reckon they can suck up to 50kg out of the car by paring back on the interior trim – with a target weight of just 1,050kg.
The chassis and suspension will also be “between 15 and 20 percent” stiffer on the Sport model, though the brakes will remain the same as the base car due to the slight reduction in kerbweight. Programming for the dual clutch gearbox and steering, exhaust and ESC systems will be revised to deliver yet more response – especially in Track mode.
That means Alpine’s engineers think they will be able to shave an additional 100 pounds off of the A110's already lightweight body (2,400 pounds). Subtracting weight while adding power? Nothing incredible ever came out of that!
Awesome! Fantastic! Great! Let’s play a game: I’ll hold my breath until the Alpine gets approved to come here. You let me know when that happens!
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Alpine A110 Praised, Labelled A Poor Man's McLaren




Renault have upped their game by reviving the Alpine brand and launching a mid-engined rear-wheel drive machine that's going head to head with the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C.

The A110 is a sexy berlinette that's named after a classic sports car made from 1961 and 1977, but underneath the classic styling lies an entirely new and modern sports car.

Underpinned by an aluminum architecture and fitted with double wishbones at both ends, the Alpine A110 utilizes a new 1.8-liter turbocharged four that puts out 252PS (248hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) that are directed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Helped by the low weight (1,080kg / 2,380lbs), the A110 needs just 4.5sec for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint and maxes out at 250km/h (155mph).

Behind the wheel, the A110 feels properly balanced and alive, especially in 'Track' mode, but despite that, the automaker claims that this is not your average weekend warrior.

After taking the exciting coupe out for a short run, Australia's Drive claims that it doesn’t feel like a rich man's Renault, but rather like a poor man's McLaren - and that is very high praise indeed.

Down Under, it will cost an estimated AUD $90,000-$100,000 (USD $69,834-$77,594), whereas in France it's expected to cost between €55,000 and €60,000 ($65,365-$71,307). So far, Alpine has no plans to offer it in North America.
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You Might Want To Cancel That Cayman Order After Watching This Alpine A110 Review



The praise is universal for the Alpine A110, with some even going as far as declaring it a better sports car than the Porsche 718 Cayman.

Of course the French have proven that they know how to build an exciting car in the past but to knock it out of the park in the first try with the reborn Alpine A110 has to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Based on an all-new aluminum architecture with double wishbones all around, the new Alpine A110 is a lightweight mid-engine sports car that wants to make the driver happy, instead of just playing the numbers’ game.

The engineers injected the car with old-school brilliance, opting for passive dampers instead of adaptive ones, finely tuned to give the A110 the best possible feedback and handling possible.

Combined with the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that makes 247hp and 236lb-ft of torque which has to move just 1,080kg (2,380lbs), the Alpine A110 is capable of hitting 62mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds but the real magic happens in the corners.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection reviews the new Alpine A110, and if you were sad that it won’t cross the Atlantic already, prepare to feel even more left out after the video that follows.


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Alpine A110 Hits Geneva With Pure, Legende And GT4 Versions


Renault’s reborn Alpine brand has been getting rave reviews for its new A110 and now, as promised, it’s revealed new versions of its coupe at the Geneva Motor Show.

Following the success of the sold-out Premiere Edition, the A110 will now be offered in Pure and Legende trims.
The A110 Pure is targeted at driving enthusiasts. It features one-piece Sabelt sports seats that weigh barely more than 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) each and, combined with other weight-saving measures, helps keep the curb weight below 1,100 kg ( 2,425 lbs). It’s not entirely stripped out, though, and still comes with features like air-conditioning and satellite navigation.
Buyers can also add upgraded Brembo brakes and an adaptive exhaust system and can upgrade to the adjustable comfort seats. Those come standard on the Legende model, which is geared more towards every day driving and grand touring and comes with leather upholstery. Customers can also choose between two Focal sound systems and two wheel designs for each version, along with an array of new colors.
Both versions use the same 1.8-liter turbo four producing 252 metric horsepower (248 hp) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the A110 delivers a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Pricing starts at €54,700 for the A110 Pure and €58,500 for the A110 Legende, or $67k and $72k, respectively, at today’s exchange rates.

Along with the new road-going models, Alpine also revealed the new A110 GT4, a track version developed by racing partner Signatech, with which it won the LMP2 category in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The GT4 model packs more power and downforce than the existing A110 Cup and features Brembo brakes, racing slicks, a sequential gearbox, competition-spec aero and a full roll cage, racing bucket with harness and fire extinguisher inside, while air conditioning is an option.
The A110 GT4 will begin competing in select events later this year. The first customer examples will be ready for next season and existing owners of the A110 Cup will be offered the chance to upgrade their cars to GT4 spec as well.
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Drifting The Alpine A110 On Track Will Put A Smile On Your Face










If you thought that Porsche and Alfa Romeo have a monopoly on mid-engined, rear-wheel drive coupes with the Cayman and the 4C respectively, think again, because there’s a new kid on the block: the Alpine A110.

Spearheading Renault’s resurrected brand, it harks back to the classic A110 berlinette that was manufactured from 1961 to 1977.


But why on earth would anyone choose the French car over its more established German competitor? Well, one reason could be that it’s not a Porsche, which is the default choice in the segment. Then, there’s Renaultsports’ expertise in its creation that guarantees a talented chassis. And, of course, the turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder shared with the new Megane RS.


It’s slightly detuned over the hot hatch, making 252PS (248hp / 185kW) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque. But with a curb weight of just 1,303kg (2,432lbs), the modern-day Alpine A110 is very fast. The 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration is completed in just 4.5 seconds, and flat out, it will do 250km/h (155mph).

Another important factor is the agility. In the right hands, the Alpine A110 becomes extremely fun to drive, regardless of the context.



And when you put it on a track like, say… Magny Cours, as in the video that follows, it becomes a dream ride, especially when the rear end gets pushed out a few times. So, do you still want that Cayman?


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2018 Renault Alpine A110 First Drive Review | The un-Porsche is defiantly French

How to enjoy a spirited day of driving at less than 60 mph



DIEPPE, FranceBeing German sells well in the automotive world, particularly for Porsche, given its implicit associations with engineering prowess and prestige. There's also the unwritten understanding that every German car is built to cruise all day on derestricted Autobahn and be capable of lapping the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes. But considering we won't be seeing the A110 on this side of the Atlantic, Alpine's attempt to be the French Porsche still resonates, leveraging that Gallic identity and proving there's more to life than hitting the 155 mph limiter.

You don't have to make the 2,000-mile round-trip from Alpine's Dieppe home to the Alps after which it is named and back to understand that. But it's a handy way of learning what the brand stands for, especially in the context of a new French law reducing the speed limit on rural roads to just 50 mph.

Driving your Porsche over some Alpine passes on a European road trip might seem wonderful, but go much beyond second gear and you could be facing a hefty fine or have your license confiscated on the spot. Alpine's emphasis on minimalist thrills through modest power and lack of weight look prescient. Or maybe Renault has lobbied for lower limits to level the playing field.



Feel free to speculate on that, but it's clear from driving that the A110 that it shines in how it moves between 0 to 60 mph, rather than how quickly it gets there. With a modest 248 horsepower, the Alpine looks undernourished compared with the 300 horsepower of the 718 Cayman it's priced against in Europe. But, like the more expensive Alfa Romeo 4C it's more accurately compared with, the 2,500 lbs A110 is about less weight, not more grunt.

Where the 4C somehow fails to capitalize on its lack of mass, the A110 instead turns it into a defining characteristic. As any Lotus nut will tell you weight saving becomes a virtuous circle, and the little Alpine ripples over broken pavement in a way only a light, softly sprung car can. As the speeds increase, its character doesn't collapse into unseemly wallowing or loss of body control. Porsche offers options of electronically variable dampers and multiple choice chassis set-ups, torque vectoring and other technical gimmicky — while the Alpine's approach is passive dampers and an open differential. The lack of gimmick works.

Spared the fixation with Autobahn-appropriate gearing, the Alpine is also ready to shine on regular roads. Sure, it'll top out at 155 mph, but its real trick is making 60 mph feel like 120 mph. At those moderate speeds, the plush suspension gobbles up cambers, surface imperfections, and corners as you tap the paddles between third, fourth and fifth gears. Even the twistiest roads feel like they can be taken on a constant throttle, a simple flick of the wrists enough to carry your speed through the turns. In a sports car market obsessed with ultimately meaningless lap times and stats sheet excess, it's refreshing to be able to enjoy a spirited day of driving without exceeding 60 mph once. Alpine's founder, Jean Rédélé, would be proud.



When asked directly why the Alpine will not be crossing the Atlantic, the response of commercial director Régis Fricotté could not be more Gallic. "For sure, there would be a market for this type of car in the U.S.," he accepts with a pout and an open-palmed shrug. "Technically anything is possible, it depends on the resources you want to put in. But when you come into such a market you need to come with a commercial organization, with a distribution network and invest in the factory capacity. And at the moment that's not part of our plan."

The factory in Dieppe is certainly busy. There's a backlog of orders for the 1,955 Premiere Edition cars to fulfil before production switches to the regular Pure and Légende variants. Local passion for Alpine's return could sustain the production level, so what need is there to go beyond? "You could say why go to Japan, why go to Australia?" admits Fricotté. "But in those countries we already have a structure and we get the support of Renault. And Renault group is not in America."



But Nissan with which it shares an alliance is. If demand were strong enough in America could favors be called in there? Another shrug. "The relations within the alliance are strong, but it's not on the table. It's both about the infrastructure and the product – if you want to go into a market like America it has to be there from the beginning."

France may have shared many of its delicacies with the world. But it seems the Alpine will remain one to be enjoyed at home. Porsche can sleep a little easier as a result.




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Alpine A110 Is The Little French Sports Car That Sticks It To The Germans










If you want a compact sports car but would also like something other than the default choices in the segment, such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and Audi TT RS, the Alpine A110 might just be the one for you.

The French sports coupe doesn’t utilize an insanely-powerful engine like some of its rivals and instead aims to provide precise driving characteristics with its low overall weight.



CarWow recently had the opportunity to test out the exciting little A110, and while we won’t tell you what they think of it, we will let you know of a few important facts. For starters, the A110 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol four delivering 248 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. That may not sound like much, but the engine only needs to haul 2380 lbs (1080 kg), allowing the compact coupe to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in a sprightly 4.5 seconds.


The A110 is available in two versions. The first, dubbed A110 Pure, comes outfitted with 17-inch lightweight wheels, matte carbon fiber interior trim, Sabelt bucket seats, and microfiber upholstery. By comparison, the A110 Légende is slightly more luxurious and offers six-way adjustable seats in black or brown leather and a lightweight premium audio system.


Cars like the TT RS and 718 Cayman aren’t easy to compete with, so targeting them was always going to be an audacious move for Alpine. Based on recent reviews, however, the company has nailed it. In fact, the new Alpine A110 was named Top Gear’s 2018 Performance Car of the Year earlier this month, beating out vehicles like the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari 488 Pista, McLaren 600LT, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


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That’s some truly serious competition. Wonder what makes the reborn Alpine so good to drive? Just scroll, hit the play button and find out.
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Is The Alpine A110 A True Affordable Alternative To The McLaren 570S?












The Alpine A110 and McLaren 570S are two entirely different cars with little in common. However, that didn’t stop Autocar from comparing them to find out which one is the ultimate driver’s car.


While the A110 is positioned as an Alfa Romeo 4C and Porsche 718 Cayman competitor, the McLaren 570S battles models such as the Audi R8, Acura NSX and Porsche 911. Given this disparity, it comes as little surprise that the cars use entirely different engines.


The A110 has a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder which produces 248 hp (185 kW / 252 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The McLaren 570S is significantly more powerful as it has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 which generates 562 hp (419 kW / 570 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. It too is pair to a seven-speed gearbox, but it enables the car rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and top out at 204 mph (328 km/h).


Given the McLaren has 314 hp (234 kW / 318 PS) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque more than the Alpine, it sounds destined for victory. However, it’s not that simple as the driving experience is more than just about power.
First off, the McLaren costs nearly three times as much as the A110. The A110 also has a great suspension and is fun to drive even at moderate speeds.


The 570S is also highly praised as it is deemed as “one of the most enjoyable” cars produced by McLaren. The performance, unsurprisingly, is also incredible.


So which one wins? They both do and so do drivers with the means to afford them.


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Is This The First Tuning Job For The New Alpine A110?










It was expected that someone, somewhere, would eventually take the modern Alpine A110 and give it a few visual and performance mods.



That someone is Waldow Performance, a German tuning company, which has enhanced the looks of the new Alpine A110, while also giving it more power than the stock car.
The WP300 moniker given by Waldow is a clear reference to the engine’s output, which is said to be 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW). This represents a 48 PS (47 hp / 35 kW) improvement over the stock A110, which goes to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds from a standstill and hits a top speed electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).


Some of the aftermarket parts that equip this Alpine A110 are the sport exhaust with carbon-look tailpipe, KW springs, and several discreet body add-ons, made from the same lightweight material, as well as a new rear wing.
The most striking feature of the car, however, is the Luminous Green full body wrap, applied by Signdicate over the original black paint, which gives it a rather flashy look.
The vibrant color has been used inside, too, as Waldow applied it to the custom-built roll cage, which keeps occupants safe in case something goes bad.

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New Alpine A110 Proves Its Mettle On Monte Carlo Rally Stages










Despite being less powerful than the Ford Escorts of the era by around 100 HP, the original Alpine A110 managed to win the Monte Carlo rally in 1973 thanks to its nimble chassis and light construction.



Forty-five years later, the Alpine brand is back with a new product that bears the same moniker.



The new A110 is powered by a 1.8-liter four-pot that sits in the middle and produces 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends the output to the rear wheels, and with only 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) to move, it sprints to 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Since its recipe is more or less the same as its predecessor, it was taken to the place that pretty much forged the Alpine reputation: the Monte Carlo rally stages.
In the hands of Top Gear Magazine’s Ollie Marriage, the new sports car proved that it’s worthy of its legacy. It was found to be a very joyful car to drive, with a brilliant chassis that can go around corners pretty much like a champ, even though the steering should be a bit sharper.
However, since the suspension does a great job at absorbing bumps, making the steering sportier would have probably ruined the driving dynamics. But we’d better let the reviewer talk us through its strong and weak points.

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Watch Alpine A110 Coupe Maniacally Tackle The Magny-Cours Track



The Alpine A110 was taken to the Magny-Cours circuit not long ago, where it posted a lap time of 2:03.25 in the hands of pro racing driver Romain Monti.



The unofficial run has put the French sports coupe ahead of the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS Cup, by a few tenths of a second and nearly 4 seconds, respectively.
Surprisingly, despite having less power than the BMW M2 Coupe, the A110 was almost as quick as the German sports car, which ran the course in 2:03.20, behind the Chevrolet Camaro and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe.


The unofficial record-holder at Magny-Cours is the Ferrari 488 Pista, followed by the McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Alpine’s A110 has already made its mark in the automotive world. First, because it is the first car after Renault revived the brand after a very long time, and second, thanks to its agile chassis, good weight distribution and mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.
The modern French berlinette may be less powerful than some of its main rivals, with its 1.8-liter turbo-four making 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. Nevertheless, it hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, and has an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph) max speed.
The A110 starts at £46,905 ($59,607/€52,256) in the United Kingdom, which is not exactly lunch money, but it still undercuts the BMW M2 Competition by £3,000 ($3,812/€3,342).


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The 2019 Alpine A110 Is the Definitive Modern Sports Car





We now live in a world where 700 horsepower is the norm for supercars. Hell, even 700 horsepower sedans, station wagons, and Jeeps aren’t hard to find. Sports cars with 500 HP pop up every second Tuesday. The whole thing is getting out of control.


But realistically anything more than 500 HP is unusable in the real world. I understand the need for headline grabbing horsepower these days. It’s a cheap and easy way to compensate for the extra weight gained from all the creature comforts and safety equipment modern consumers demand..


So I’m all for bragging rights as much as the next guy, but what happened to just pure sports cars?




But the French have other ideas. Instead of adding power and weight, they’ve dialed down on the horsepower because the car itself doesn’t weigh as much as a cruise ship.



Welcome to what is the best modern sports car: the Alpine A110.


(Full Disclosure: Alpine in Japan loaned us one of these with a full tank of fuel for a few days.)
What Is It?

For starters it’s an Alpine, not a Renault. Alpine started out in 1955 with a close relationship to Renault, but both were separate companies until 1973 when Renault bought them outright. The origins of the A110 can be traced back to the early ’60s, also using Renault engines mounted in the back. Fast forward to the ’70s when the A110 we all know and love started dominating international rally series.
Even with just a 1.8-liter engine, it inspired the first rally “supercars” such as the Lancia Stratos.



The car you see in the photos here is the modern reboot. It’s that old Hollywood movie remastered with better CGI for today’s audiences. As for its layout, it stays true to the original’s recipe: a powerful 1.8-liter engine behind the driver (mid-engine not rear-engine), two-door coupe (because we have to make that distinction now) with a lightweight body.


The styling is a retro-modern nod to the original car and it works. To my eyes this is one of the prettiest cars on sale right now. To come around full circle, the new A110s are made in the same factory in Dieppe, France as the original.
Specs That Matter

It has a humble 252 HP 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo motor in the middle, a seven-speed dual-clutch Getrag transmission, rear-wheel drive and that’s about it. It’s refreshingly simple and minimalist.





The A110 can get from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds according to Alpine. Top speed is a claimed 155 mph, which is plenty. It’s also more than enough to have fun in a car weighing only 2,381 pounds, with a 44:56 weight distribution. The low weight is thanks to the 96 percent aluminium construction of the body. The benefits of having a car this light is endless. There’s agility, better performance, and of course fuel economy.


During my time with the A110 with city, motorway, and mountain road driving, I managed an average of 23.5 mpg. For a sports car, that’s quite good and I wasn’t even trying to drive economically. A full tank, about 11.9 gallons, is good for around 280 miles.



How Does It Drive?

To find out just how great the A110 drives I brought to a road called Motosu-Machi. Located right next to Lake Motosu, one of the Five Fuji Lakes, it seemed like a promising road with plenty of tight and twisty corners. A darty sports car would be needed here. Nothing too wide or heavy, but it’d need to perform well should I need to outrun clouds to get a glimpse of Mount Fuji. This was the obvious choice to test a revived French sports car.





It’s here where the A110 really comes to life. Select either Sport or Track mode, take manual control of the seven-speed box via the column mounted paddles, and be prepared to have a massive smile on your face. With no weight over the nose, the front hooks on to the apex while the rest of the car hula hoops around you. There wasn’t a time when it felt out of control, its limit of grip could be reached and exploited with ease. Even if you do overstep the limit, it never snaps or bites. It’s all so controllable and brilliant. Who knew a French car would feel so at home on Japanese mountain roads?


Weight is the crucial factor in the A110’s brilliance. It’s so refreshing to see a modern car not chasing mega horsepower and fully laden with high-tech wizardry. The A110 is only as big and as heavy as it needs to be, there’s no wasteful excess. The result is an astonishing sports car that’s as much fun to throw around as it is easy. The A110 just stitched each corner to the next.
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The A110 is positive, communicative and direct with exceptional feel. You always have a sense of exactly where the car is going and what it’s doing. The steering goes lock to lock in just a little over two turns, which was a godsend for taking on the tight hairpins and s-bends on Motosu-Machi. This side of a McLaren, the A110’s steering is without equal.



Being in a mountainous region there was no shortage of tunnels, it would’ve been rude not to let this little French car sing. For a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo the A110 sounds exceptional, exotic even. Rather than just a loud noise, there’s drama in the way it wails through the rev range up to crescendo. Pull down on the left paddle and it rewards you with the right amount of pops and crackles. Not so much that it seems obnoxious and artificial, but not so little to make it sound pedestrian. Dare I say it, it might be the best sounding modern four-pot right now. Certainly, compared to this the 718 Cayman sounds utterly dreadful.



I’d say it’s the definitive modern day sports car. It all felt very pure. Could it have done with a manual? Sure, but I didn’t have any less fun in it because it was a dual-clutch. The mid-200 power figure might not sound like a lot but it was more than enough to have fun on a road like this. In the real world, especially on roads like this, any more power would’ve been too much of a handful. The A110 rewards you by being effortless yet rewarding to drive. You feel like you’re part of the equation, it feels like you’re actually driving the car. The driver aids are there to lend you a helping hand rather than taking full control of the driving experience.



The best way I can describe the A110 is it’s what the MX-5 would be if it was mid-engined and turbocharged.



What’s Great

For a sports car it was pretty damn comfortable. I was genuinely surprised at how civilized it could be cruising down the motorway. There were some noticeable road noise and it had the usual over-the-shoulder blindspot so common in this type of car but otherwise it was perfectly acceptable.




The interior of the A110 just felt special. Not special for a car of this price but special full stop. It’s a great place to spend time, full of little details you notice each time you get in it. From the body-colored trim on the top of the door panel to the little French flag, the retro-style diamond stitching and to the “floating bridge” centre console reminiscent of a Ferrari or McLaren, it just oozes style and there’s clearly been some thought put into this interior. Only the French would give the passenger an aluminum kick plate solely because it looks nice.



It’s also the perfect size. It’s a small car no wider than a Toyota 86 and as long as a city car. On a road like Motosu-Machi you would’ve struggled to go 10/10ths in a wider sports car, and don’t even think about brining something like Lambo here. I still can’t get over how great it handled.



What’s Weak

Not much is wrong with it. Seriously, as much as I tried I couldn’t find any major flaws with it. There were minor inconveniences such as the infotainment which seemed to go at its own pace. The lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto option was disappointing and surprising in a modern car.





There wasn’t much storage space inside the cabin either. Instead of a glovebox you got a leather wrapped bin in-between the seats, which was nice but quite awkward to reach. It does have two boots, which sounds nice but each one is pretty small.


But that’s nothing compared to the dreadful Renault parts from the ’90s. I don’t mind parts sharing, I understand it’s a necessity but come on Renault/Alpine, you could’ve updated the volume buttons which were taken straight from a 1998 Renault Clio.



The key is also laughably ancient. It’s a key card style that’s made of the worst plastic I’ve seen and looks more like it’d open a garage door than a $70,000 sports car. Annoyingly, to start the car up you don’t just push the starter button. Instead you have to reach over to where the glovebox would be, brushing up against your passenger’s legs and stick the key card into a hole. Only then can you push the starter button. Oh, and you can’t access the engine without literally taking the entire rear of the car apart.

But other than those minor inconveniences, perfect car.
Value

Prices for the A110 start from ¥7.9 million (around $70,000) in Japan, or a much more reasonable £46,905 (around $61,000) in the UK. That puts it squarely up against the likes of the Porsche 718, Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW M2, Toyota Supra, Audi TT, and the sort. But if you think of it as being a car with McLaren level of steering feel for a third of the price, then it makes great financial sense.




A BMW M2 might be a better all-rounder but the A110 feels more special every single time you get in it. From those gorgeous looks to the quilted leather seats and the floating bridge, it just tickles you in all the right places. You can’t put a price on that. Well, Alpine has, and it’s about $70,000.




They must doing something right though because since production started in late 2017 some 5,000 A110s have left the factory. That’s not bad for a small sports car manufacturer.

Verdict

The final drive back up the Motosu-Machi to explore the lake more and try and sneak a peak at Mount Fuji confirmed it for me: I love the A110. It’s a car that feels special because it is special, able to put a bigger smile on your face as cars costing three times.
You might judge a car on its on-paper stats but in a fun and emotional sense, the A110 is one of the best cars on the market right now. Well, except in North America where it’s not available.
But this car is so good it might make you consider moving somewhere where it is.










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TL;DR

Pretty much the ultimate enthusiast machine

Power

252 HP • 236 LB-FT

Weight

2,381 Pounds

Price

¥7,900,000 (~$70,000) As Tested in Japan
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Alpine Says Something’s Coming Next Week – Is It The A110 GT4?






According to a series of teasers posted on social media by Alpine, a new model, which in all likelihood is a more extreme variant of the of the A110 sports coupe, will be “coming soon from Dieppe to Le Mans”.

The two images and a GIF-like video reveal a container with the company’s logo on the doors and the silhouette of the A110 on one side, therefore it’s thought to be a preview of the upcoming track-focused model that will make its premiere at the famous endurance race, which takes place on June 15-16.
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Our spy photographers have already immortalized it, when they caught a prototype on camera wearing a special livery inspired by the race car and the ‘A110 GT4’ lettering on the roof, hence the rumored name. Elsewhere, the scooped vehicle featured a different hood and smaller front splitter, along with a compact rear wing.

The biggest change will be the added power, with the 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine expected to kick out 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, like the mill powering the Renault Megane RS Trophy and Trophy-R.
That would make it 48 PS (47 hp / 35 kW) and 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) of torque more powerful than the regular A110, and while it would not be prudent to talk numbers, the extra oomph and some weight reduction measures should yield a noticeable improvementover the 4.5-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of the base version.
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Alpine Teases Hotter A110 Once Again Before Le Mans Debut








It looks like the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation won’t be the only new car to debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.



Alpine also has something in store for the event which served as a venue for the launch of the first production car since the revival of the brand — the A110 in 2017.
Two years have passed since then and the Renault-owned brand finally decided to bring a new version of the A110 to market. While the name and the content of this new A110 version are unknown, the general consensus is Alpine will bring a faster, more powerful, and more expensive iteration of the mid-engined sports coupe to market.


While a few days ago Alpine teased the new sports car by showing us the box in which it was transported to Le Mans, this time we get to see bits of the actual car. The three photos posted by Alpine on its Facebook page reveal details of the interior where changes have occurred compared to the regular A110.
We get to see some orange stitching on the black leather/Alcantara seats and leather door handle and armrests, as well as orange accents on a three-part door insert that also features carbon fiber. Another photo shows a dark Alpine logo on a grey fabric surface.

According to reports from French media, the new version could be named A110 S and combine a slight power gain with an even lower curb weight courtesy of a carbon pack. Given that the Alpine A110 shares the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with the Megane RS, it’s not hard to imagine a version of the A110 with 300 PS (296 hp) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. After all, that’s exactly what the Megane RS Trophy makes.
Those would represent welcome gains over the standard A110’s 252 PS (248 hp) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, turning the mid-engined sports car into an even sharper track tool.
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Alpine A110S Debuts With 288 HP And Optional Carbon Fiber Roof








Following a handful of teasers, Alpine has taken the wraps off the new A110S.

Billed as an “intense sports car,” the range-topping model has a modestly revised exterior with 18-inch GT Race wheels that feature a dark finish and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. They are backed up by a Brembo braking system with orange calipers and 12.6-inch (320 mm) discs.
Elsewhere, designers installed black Alpine badging and a flag detail that features carbon fiber accents. An assortment of options will be available including lightweight alloy wheels, a matte paint job and a carbon fiber roof which is 4.1 lbs (1.9 kg) lighter than the conventional roof.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find Sabelt sport seats with black Dinamica upholstery and orange contrast stitching. Other highlights include carbon fiber trim, aluminum pedals and a Focal audio system. Last but not least, there’s a leather and Dinamica steering wheel with an orange centering strip.
Motivation is provided by a mid-mounted, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 288 hp (215 kW / 292 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. This enables the 2456 lbs (1114 kg) coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 162 mph (260 km/h).

Besides the upgraded engine, the A110S has a retuned suspension with 50% stiffer coil springs and 100% stiffer anti-roll bars. The model also has new dampers and a 0.2 inch (4 mm) reduced ride height.
According to Alpine chief engineer Jean-Pascal Dauce, the A110S has a “very different character” than the A110 as its chassis setup makes for a “very focused sports car.” He went on to say “high-speed stability and handling precision” are two of its “defining characteristics.”

The Alpine A110S is currently available to order and pricing starts at €66,500 in France. The first delivers are slated for late this year and Alpine says the car is still suitable for use as a daily driver.
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