Alpine A110 Named Top Gear’s 2018 Performance Car Of The Year

The time for the big buff magazines to name their respective car of the year is here, with UK’s Top Gear giving the title of the 2018 Performance Car of the Year to the Alpine A110.

The compact French sports car emerged as the surprise winner among a really tough roster this year that included 2018’s EU-spec cars like the Bugatti Chiron, the Ferrari 488 Pista, the McLaren 600LT and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Models like the Huracan Performante were tested last year and therefore were ineligible to compete again.

The magazine’s annual Speed Week comparison test took place at the historic Circuit de Charade in France, where the Alpine A110 impressed with its pure handling and balanced character.

Tipping the scales at 1,080kg (2,380lbs), the Alpine A110 is a minimal but not bare-bones driving machine. The aluminum chassis employs double wishbones all around while the turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol engine produces 248hp 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. With the help of a dual-clutch transmission, the A110 completes the 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4.5 seconds.

With the limited Premiere Edition now being sold out, Alpine is offering the A110 in two guises: Pure and Légende. The A110 Pure is the more focused of the two, featuring a pair of Sabelt bucket seats, 17-inch lightweight wheels, microfibre upholstery and matte carbon fiber interior trim.

The A110 Légende is the more sophisticated version of the new Alpine, offering things like six-way adjustable seats in black or brown leather and a lightweight premium audio system.

Top Gear will release a full video of their big annual test in the coming weeks and presented by none other than Chris Harris, so stay tuned.

 

 

  • jrelon

    You mean the one that caught on fire while Chris Harris himself was driving it? I guess that ups the “excitement” factor from a certain point of view.

    Oh well, I guess that’s a badge of honor among a lot of high performance cars these days.

    • Dennis James

      How many Ferraris have cought fire? I can’t even count the articles from last year 🙂

      • GobbleUp

        To keep it apples to apples comparison, did the Pista catch fire?
        No, so not a relevant comment.

    • chumaxa .

      Moronish comment, how many have burned since ? Oh yes, none (fuel line being modified since test), have you ever seen test cars being damaged from technical failures before, oh yes plenty, now go back to your BMW / Supra fan boy platform, your poor judgment is only required there. You guys have no idea what so ever makes a good sport car right ? It can only be the most powerful, how many of you actually owns one ? Yes, the regular keyboard heroes in comment section knows better than the Top gear journalists ! ( cal me a troll if you want, seems to be the only line on defense today when you support stupid theories.)

      • jrelon

        lol

  • ksegg

    Darn. I was hoping that honor went to the GT2 RS. But they found it “too scary”. LOL

    IMO, the fact that it’s scary should make it #1. We need more 911 Widowmakers.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Better drive than McLaren 600LT..err yeah, sure…

  • GobbleUp

    LOL at results.

  • Vassilis

    Thanks for the spoiler mate.

  • Michelin

    Good car, but I prefers the others in this comparison test…..

    • Ed

      Also when You have to buy it Yourself ?

  • Chris Howells

    The Alpine A110 is one of the most satisfying cars to drive on today’s roads, plucky, poised, agile, and just enough speed to keep you wide eyed whilst driving!

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