The lightweight construction and perfect weight distribution of the modern Alpine A110 to shine in all reviews so far despite having less power than most of current hot hatches.
Nonetheless, that’s about to change, as a more agile variant of the French sports car is said to be coming. DownShift reports that it will arrive in October, with around 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.
Normally, we would have taken this information with a pinch of salt. However, the latest Megane RS Trophy has 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It uses an improved version of the 1.8-liter four-banger that also powers the Alpine A110, and is paired to either a six-speed manual or a double-clutch six-speed auto.
With approximately 50 PS (49 hp / 37 kW) and 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) of torque more than the current A110, the rumored variant will probably sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4 seconds. That some 0.5 seconds quicker than the standard A110, and roughly 1.2 seconds faster than the new Megane RS Trophy.
A cabriolet derivative of the Alpine A110 has been the subject of several reports ever since the coupe broke cover nearly two years ago. And it appears that it hasn’t been nixed yet, so it might arrive in 2020 with the Porsche 718 Boxster in its sight.
Approximately one year further down the road, we might see the first ever Alpine SUV that will be based on the same platform as the second-gen Mercedes-Benz GLA, while in 2022 an electric version of the crossover is believed to join the lineup.