Alpine A110 Debut at the Geneva Motor Show Mar 15, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Alpine A110 made its debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show, and this 2018 model is ready to challenge other vehicles like the Porsche Cayman, Alfa Romeo 4C, and Lotus Exige. Before the auto show, Renault had only teased a few images of the vehicle, but attendees got to see figures, as well, and now we know exactly what to expect from this 2018 model and the resurrection of French sports car styling.
Sizing and Design
For those who can visualize where the car stacks up against its competitors, the Alpine A110 is a bit heavier and bigger than the 4C but lighter and smaller than the Cayman. It weighs 1,080 kilograms (2,381 pounds) and is just 4,178 mm (13.7 feet) long. As expected for the class, this model only has two doors. The exterior is reserved and elegant with four headlights in the dapper front fascia. The interior of the A110 seems luxurious with a tendency toward minimalism. There is a color screen in front of the driver, a touchscreen, and a floating center console.
What It Can Do
The Alpine A110 will always use a seven-speed wet-dual-clutch automatic transmission, and it works with a new 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The vehicle is rear-wheel drive, like most sports cars, and its powertrain generates 249 brake horsepower (188 kW) with 236 pound-feet (320 Nm) of torque. This results in the ability to reach speeds of 249 km/h (154.7 mph) and go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Drivers can choose from Normal, Sport, and Track Modes, which affect the electronic stability control, engine, and gearbox settings. Other performance-related components include the double wishbone suspension and all-aluminum Brembo brake calipers.
Unfortunately for us, Alpine is unavailable in the United States and, for now, we’ll have to watch from afar. Whether or not the Alpine A110 will restore the French sporting marque to international renown against established automakers remains to be seen.