The New Alpine A110 Is Everything You’d Hope For – And Then Some

After a 22-year hiatus, in 2017 Renault revived the Alpine name and launched a small sports car that’s reminiscent of the original A110.

It’s still called the Alpine A110, but unlike the classic model of the 1960s and 1970s, it benefits from the French carmaker’s latest and greatest in terms of chassis, powertrain and technology, and combines them with the iconic look of the old ‘Berlinette’.

Beneath that beautiful skin lies the turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine of the latest Renault Megane RS. It makes 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, but since it tips the scales at a lithe 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) dry, the modern day A110 is very quick. In fact, the brand claims it can do 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and max out at 250 km/h (155 mph).

Even though the specs seem fine, the A110 and goes up against some stiff competition like the Porsche Cayman, Audi TT and Alfa Romeo 4C.

Also Watch: You Might Want To Cancel That Cayman Order After Watching This Alpine A110 Review

CarBuyer recently went for a spin in one and found it absolutely sublime in most areas, calling the ride a “revelation” and praising the sound the tiny four-cylinder lump makes, especially with the optional sports exhaust system. Interior quality is very good, despite having some scratchy plastics, and the infotainment may not be Renault’s latest R-Link, but it’s very straight forward to use.

On the downside, one might want to pack light when going away for the weekend in the A110, because even though if it has two boots, one at the front and one at the rear, they are both very small. And storage space inside is pretty much nonexistent, save for a small tray located between the two seats.

The Alpine A110 is one of the most intriguing cars of 2018, but to find out if you can live with it on a daily basis you may want to check out the video review right below.

 

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Let’s hope long-term owners have deep pockets as getting that much power out of a small Renault engine will not go well. At least people will be able to stay warm when it catches fire.

    • Mind Synthetic

      you have to have deep pockets to afford one first.

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        Now that Lotus has Chinese investment, Renault should be very worried indeed!

        • AlpineBoy

          Whatever, lol

          • Craiggger

            Standard reply for this alpineboy

          • AlpineBoy

            Whatever, lol

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Whatever? You’re like a Tesla fan boy, except the products are just hilariously even more unreliable than Musk’s trash.

          • AlpineBoy

            Time to give you the flick. You definitely have a small pecker

      • mihsf

        It’s not that expensive compared to a simililarly quick Cayman.

    • mihsf

      Are previous Renaultsport Megane RS known for engine issues? I don’t think so.

    • Ah yes, that one publicized case of the Alpine on fire, but what about others? We didn’t see the Alpines on fire do we?

      Beside what internet people can’t see behind the statistics are Alpine has better driving experience than Cayman and 4C.

    • chumaxa .

      Yes right, actually, no, that’s stupid. The 1.8 wil have over 320 bhp soon in the Megane, so maybe keep your low level thinking to yourself ? No a question really by the way. The previous F4r engine was able to cope with 350 bhp without any worry, you know, forge internals, of course you do not. And please keep commenting the top gear fire caused by a cable badly made on a test car, extremely relevant, Porsches are known to never catch fire, neither many italian brands.

    • Rodney Apcar

      What a stupid ignorant comment, The car that caught fire was a mule (i.e.Development car). You have not got a clue about the capabilities of the technology Alpine have developed.

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        If their capabilities are anything like parent company Renault, The new Alpine will depreciate quickly, be unreliable and worth avoiding.

        • AlpineBoy

          Another frinking dumb ignorant comment. Premiere Editions are now worth more 2nd hand

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Tiny numbers for a tiny market. When the Megane engine in them packs up before 50k miles they’ll be worth next to nothing.

          • AlpineBoy

            Whatever, lol.

    • javier

      lol and it is ugly, like a 80s toyota econobox

  • Craiggger

    The mx-5 al 2019 motor may not beat the 0-60 time but id bet that its a better value and close to the performance.

    • Matt

      Nowhere near close to the performance.

    • AlpineBoy

      Thats funny

  • fabri99

    I’m so glad the new A110 turned out to be fantastic. I wonder if all these enthusiastic reviews will turn into strong sales and, eventually, in a wider range of Alpine cars (including sports sedans, bigger coupes and, inevitably, some sort of suv).

    • I’m hoping Alpine return to motorsport too, we got Alpine Cup and GT4 already. I’m hoping the R-GT versions will come out.

      • Rodney Apcar

        Over 40 sold in Australia already, mostly later Alpine owners, yes Australia.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Love the rear and three quarter view. Taillights are elegant and simple. For sure would look good in white or black.

  • What people don’t see is that Alpine proof that you can still make a drivers car, it might be not that cheap compare to Porsche, better equipped or as fast. But it is one of the best car in the market in terms of driving experience, Porsche should be worried indeed.

  • Vassilis

    I’ve only experienced it virtually and it’s a truly brilliant car.

    • AlpineBoy

      I can vouch for the A110, its definitely a stand out high performance package and it has kerb appeal. I get so many compliments at car events and car parks. If you live in Melbourne go to Bright Alpine or in Sydney Artarmon Reno to test drive one.

      • Vassilis

        Thanks mate! Unfortunately I live quite far away from Melbourne :p Enjoy you awesome purchase!

        • AlpineBoy

          Thanks

  • Ed

    The question is does it need more power. It is already faster than a basic Cayman 718 ! A succes for Alpine, they already sold about 7.000 cars and they even haven’t started producing the Pure and Légende yet !!

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