Alpine is finally making its return to automobile production, and it showed off its first new model at the Geneva Motor Show.
Carrying the familiar A110 name, the new Alpine sports car will carry many of the styling directions of the A110 ‘Berlinette from the 1960s and ‘70s. These cues include its separated quad LED headlights, the sloping nose, and its raked rear glass. All these features come together to make up a sports car that looks ready to devour curvy mountain roads just sitting there.
Helping keep things light, Alpine crafted the body and chassis from aluminum, and bonded, riveted and welded it all together. This lightweight construction and small stature add up to a quite svelte 1,080-kg (2,380-pound) weight.
This body is also quite slippery with a Cd of just 0.32. This low aerodynamic drag is thanks to a flat floor, rear diffusor, and air inlets up front that guide the airflow through the wheel wells.
For power, Alpine teamed up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Renault Sport engineers to create a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. While this isn’t insane power for a modern four-pot, it is great for a car of this size. It sprints this French spots car to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and up to 155 mph.
The potent four-pot pairs with a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Oddly enough, there is no mention of whether the A110 is front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive, but my assumption is the latter.
Keeping the A110 confident in the corners is double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear, and Otto Fuchs 18-inch wheels. Brembo all-aluminum brake calipers handle stopping. To help adjust the A110 to varying driving conditions, it has three modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. All three modify the engine and transmission settings, the steering, stability control, and exhaust note.
Marking the launch of the A110 will be an exclusive Premiere Edition model, which Alpine will limit to 1,955 model. This exclusive model adds items like special paint, 18-inch Otto Fuchs wheels with matte-black finish, performance braking with dual pad material, lightweight active exhaust, an Alpine-tuned Focal audio system, matte-carbon-fiber interior trim, brushed-aluminum pedals, quilted natural-grain leather, and a numbered plaque on the center console.
While base pricing for the A110 is not available, the Premiere Edition will hit showrooms in 2018 at a starting price of €58,500 ($61,935) in France. Of course, this model will never make it to the U.S., as Alpine will limit it to Europe and Asia.