Porsche 718 Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C are getting a new rival in the form of the all-new Alpine A110. Styled as a Berlinette coupe, the light-weight mid-engined sports car from France made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. With both its body and chassis made of aluminium, the car weighs 1080kg and with its 247bhp, 320Nm, 1.8-liter turbocharged, inline 4-cylinder Renault engine, the Alpine 110 boasts of a remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 231bhp per tonne.
The modern-day incarnation of an iconic sports car from the past doesn’t disappoint at all as it can go from 0 to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and top out at an electronically-limited 250kph. Special mention goes to the Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which reins the engine. We may also have to add that the 0.32 drag coefficient is the lowest in the segment which means that the Alpine 110 will cut through air like a sailfish through water. The flat floor and rear diffuser deserve their share of credit here.
Lightweight 18-inch forged aluminium wheels from Otto Fuchs, one-piece bucket seats from Sabelt, all-aluminium brake calipers – there is a strict weight-loss program that the Alpine 110A has followed to be a super-light sports car. And it has worked spectacularly for it. There are three modes too – Normal, Sport and Track – which brings forth changes in the engine, the gearbox, the steering, the ESC threshold, the exhaust note and the driver display based on the setting.
The Alpine A110 will be launched next year. Sales will start with a 1,955-unit run of a limited Premiere Edition that comes with a lightweight sports exhaust, special 18-inch Fuchs wheels, quilted leather upholstery on the one-piece bucket seats, matte carbon-fiber interior trim, French tricolor badges inside and outside and a numbered plaque. The limited edition Alpine A110 will be available in three shades – black, white and of course, the iconic Alpine Blue.