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?