New Alpine A110 Proves Its Mettle On Monte Carlo Rally Stages

Despite being less powerful than the Ford Escorts of the era by around 100 HP, the original Alpine A110 managed to win the Monte Carlo rally in 1973 thanks to its nimble chassis and light construction.

Forty-five years later, the Alpine brand is back with a new product that bears the same moniker.

The new A110 is powered by a 1.8-liter four-pot that sits in the middle and produces 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends the output to the rear wheels, and with only 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) to move, it sprints to 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Since its recipe is more or less the same as its predecessor, it was taken to the place that pretty much forged the Alpine reputation: the Monte Carlo rally stages.

In the hands of Top Gear Magazine’s Ollie Marriage, the new sports car proved that it’s worthy of its legacy. It was found to be a very joyful car to drive, with a brilliant chassis that can go around corners pretty much like a champ, even though the steering should be a bit sharper.

However, since the suspension does a great job at absorbing bumps, making the steering sportier would have probably ruined the driving dynamics. But we’d better let the reviewer talk us through its strong and weak points.


  • David De Fortier

    The light placement is total madness. What on earth is it with car manufacturers and friggin lights lately?

    • SteersUright

      Its meant to mimic the original, a beloved classic. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work and looks rather terrible up front.

  • SteersUright

    Original was beautiful, this, at best, looks like a caricature. Im intrigued by how good it seems to be to drive, and from the back it does look better, but it would be a very price sensitive proposition for me. At $45k or less, it’d definitely warrant a look. Any more and I’d likely look at the competition. That said, the more cars like this, indeed the merrier the world is.

  • alexxx

    Well done Renault…we need more cars like this…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Keeps my enthusiasm alive in the face of SUV armageddon.

      • alexxx

        To be honest, I don’t understand the suv hate…my hate is generally turned towards wagons ?…

        • Six Thousand Times

          Well, it’s just that nearly every type of car is being discontinued while niches and sub-niches and sub-sub niches of SUVs are exploding. Soon, all we’ll have are SUVs…

  • Six Thousand Times

    I know what he meant by “pleasant,” it was the sort feeling you get when you’re in a car and feel like you could just drive off forever.

  • Now we need rally version, just made the A110 R-GT Renault!

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