It Took Michelin Over Two Years To Develop The Tires Of The Alpine A110

Alpine made a comeback at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with an entirely new product – the A110.

Created to compete against the likes of the Alfa Romeo 4C and Porsche Cayman, the French sports car features specially made tires, which required extensive development from Michelin.

Wrapped around 18-inch alloy wheels, the 205/40 front and 235/40 rear tires took more than two years to create, during which the company’s engineers tested them for more than 3,000 km (1,864 miles) on tracks that included the Michelin Technology Center, Charade in France, and Idiada in Spain.

The ambitions of the Alpine engineers have prompted us to develop very high-tech tires, so that they adapt perfectly to the character of this new Alpine. This has mean knowing how to combine a high level of sportiness in extreme conditions, while allowing a great agility of the vehicle on a daily basis, combined with total safety on wet ground“, Michelin tire development engineer, Pierre Chaput, said.

Baptized the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, the tires, which promise improved traction under slippery road conditions, will be fitted on all 1,955 units of the Alpine A110 Premiere Edition, for which the automaker is asking for a €2,000 ($2,115) deposit.


  • Axiom Ethos

    Frumpy design if I may say so myself.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Is this their excuse as to why it took so damn long to produce this?

    Cause if so, I call BULLSHIT.


  • Better be good, as much as I want it to be good, it’s as expensive as a Cayman, and if it uses tires made for it, can’t imagine the price of those to replace… It’s still a Renault ! I don’t know why I ask surprised, new Scenic, Espace V have ridiculous wheels with tires impossible to find and too expensive.

  • Vassilis

    I’m really having trouble believing the PS4 was developed specifically for the Alpine or that it has a special version of the PS4. Probably Michelin simply took two years to develop the tyre and that has nothing to do with the car.

    • Smith

      This sounds more credible. Michelin would not spend 2 years of dedicated research for such a small production run, makes no sense at all. This is just a publicity grab and unfortunately this blog went ahead and published it. As someone else said, this is total BULLSH1T

  • gadgety

    “…tested them for more than 3,000 km”

    That seems like nothing. I thought it would take far more than that. Preferably on an actual Alpine. Perhaps computer tech today is so advanced actual driving needed really is that limited. The question is, what did they do the rest of the time?

  • Those front fogs make the car look too ‘cute’ for my liking. Remove them and it would looks like a Por…..

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