Alpine A110 Stripped Down, Luxed Up For Geneva

A world-class sports car by all accounts, the Alpine A110 presents a compelling alternative to its rivals from Porsche and Lotus. Now the manufacturer is preparing to roll out additional trim levels that promise to widen its appeal even further.

With the Premiere Edition sold out in most markets where it will be offered, Renault’s reborn sports-car brand will now offer two additional versions.

The A110 Pure (suitably pictured in snow white) takes a minimalist approach – stripped out and as light as possible, like the launch version. That’ll appeal more to weekend warriors driving the car more sporadically on winding country roads and on the track.

Those looking for more comfortable accoutrements may be more interested in the Légende edition (pictured in gray), geared more towards everyday driving and long-distance touring. It gets six-way adjustable seats from Sabelt, leather upholstery, and glossy carbon-fiber trim.

Along with the new trim levels, Alpine is also introducing new shades of white, gray, and blue to the lineup.

Regardless of the trim and color options, the A110 packs a 1.8-liter turbo four in the middle of its aluminum chassis, channeling its 249 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-62 is quoted at 4.5 seconds and top speed limited to 155 miles per hour. That’s a fraction quicker than the Porsche 718 Cayman S, but with less power than the base version.

The new additions to the A110 lineup will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, at which point we’ll likely have more details and photos to share. The Alpine is offered in an array of countries across Europe, and will reach the UK, Australia, and Japan before the end of this year. Now if it’ll only bring it to North America.

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  • Alpine A110 as proven to be a shock this year, and can’t imagine stripped down version would be.

    Shame about the price, in real life. Cayman has better value for money.

  • Thierry Declerck

    I wonder when the A110 will appear with the new R110 electric motor (Renault Zoe). Not if. it would be a shame to waste this opportunity.

  • Scherpereel Clement

    4.5 sec from 0 to 100kph with only 249 hp !! Is it me or it’s quite impressive?

    • alexxx

      Just showes how todays cars are fat…

  • erly5

    Love the alloys on the grey one!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Enjoy, Europe…

    • If only NTHSA changes their minds and allow standardized European and US regulation system. Which never gonna happened due to protectionism.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Gotta love the US sometimes…

  • LWOAP

    The reason you haven’t seen a Cayman on the roads is probably because of where you are located at and where you travel on a daily basis.

    • That is very serious answer LWOAP. Thumbs up mate.

      Btw I see 718 Cayman in UK quite often.

  • manuel

    Quand Renault excelle.

  • SteersUright

    This thing just looks uglier every time I see new pics of it. Something is just wrong with the proportions and design. It doesn’t capture the original’s charm whatsoever, at least for me. I wouldn’t get this car if it was half the price (and imported into the USA of course). To my eyes, the Cayman S or GTS is far more beautiful and far more capable, if one must have a farty 4 cylinder mid-engine sports car. Personally, I’d save the few extra shekels and go for the upcoming GT4 with the 9k rpm flat 6!!!

  • SteersUright

    The current generation Cayman is gorgeous. Try to visit a dealership if possible, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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