New Alpine A110 Marks The Return Of A Legend

Renault’s revived Alpine brand is present these days at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed with the all-new A110.

The French coupe, which was presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, made its dynamic debut at the event.

The short video that follows reveals the A110 stretching its legs famous Hill Climb on Lord March’s domain, making good use of its 247hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Alpine’s rival to the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C needs just 4.5 seconds to go from naught to 62mph (100km/h), before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h). These numbers apply to the entry-level model, which weighs just 2,380lbs (1,080kg).

The automaker has already sold all 1,955 copies of the Premiere Edition, which is the first version of the A110 to be offered to customers. Full production is expected to begin shortly, though, so the standard version should become available later this year.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    Woot, an electric taxi.

  • True Enthusiast Automobile

    I just love this automobile.

  • SteersUright

    Doesn’t sound great. Doesn’t look great (front of car in particular). Seems to handle very well and be quite fast. Fix the front end styling which lacks ALL of the original’s charm and character and retune the engine to sound fantastic and you’ll have something special here. Otherwise, why on earth would anyone get this over a Cayman S which is much more powerful, much more beautiful, and likely, much more thoroughly engineered?

    • loic tous

      Personally, I think it sounds great. Check out this video of a110 with on-board mic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmbEKw7Vv34
      I also think it is properly engineered with double wishbones on all 4 corners, 44/56 weight split towards the rear, and at 1080kg a better power-to-weight ratio than the Cayman.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RAbjfaDcH8
      All 1955 premiere editions are sold out so Alpine must be doing something right!

      • SteersUright

        Not quite. Less than 2,000 cars does not make for a successful run. There’s much more investment money to be repaid before these become profitable. That said, I think I may be misunderstood about my view of this car. Its mid-engined, sounds great (for a 4-cylinder), and seems to handle very well. I would love to have one and were they being sold stateside at around $35-$40k I’d certainly look at one.
        However, there are also many niggles that are impossible to ignore unless you have so much excess disposable income that you can throw away your money on anything. First, the quality of the final product has yet to be determined. Second, as great as it sounds, it is not an exotic, melodic, or intoxicating soundtrack which many others in its current price-range indeed are. Now on to looks, which is the always the most subjective. To my eyes, its interesting and even cool because its so different. Beautiful, however, it is not. The most obvious competitor, the new Cayman S (also so very sadly a 4-cyl now), is a stunningly beautiful machine to my eyes. Low, wide, mean looking and with a beautiful interior that this car simply can’t match either. The Porsche is also much faster and more powerful and will likely retain much more of its value.
        This Alpine is quirky, interesting, and I quite love it as a uniquely different entry in the $35-$40k range. More than than, and at least here in the states, it is up against too many heavy hitters that deliver much more car for the money.
        Sorry for the long reply!

  • Can I have mine with ‘normal’ wheels and tires? Never liked those low-profile tires that makes you damage the rims more easily. Comfort, suspension nor road holding will benefit from them either. Here’s how a couple of 16″ rims would look like with tires that consequently have higher sidewalls than what Alpine is providing. Looks better too IMO.
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