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Alpine A110: 1080kg sports car shown in production form – Geneva 2017

Alpine A110: 1080kg sports car shown in production form – Geneva 2017 Classic and Performance Car

Alpine has officially named its lightweight Cayman chaser A110, and unveiled it in production form at the 2017 Geneva motor show. 


Alpine is officially back in the road car business! After a 22-year hiatus, the French manufacturer is back with an all-new A110, a two-seater sportscar aimed squarely at the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C. 
 
Named after the company’s most successful and iconic model, this coupe boasts some promising figures. It’s light – weighing just 1080kg – and is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo four-cylinder engine pushing out 248bhp. Performance is in line with these figures too, with a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec and a top speed of 155mph.
 
While light and powerful, part of that super-quick 0-62mph time is thanks to the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. No manual will be offered, even though Alpine has said the A110 is more about having fun that outright speed. 
 
 
Double wishbone suspension is used all-round, along with fixed-rate dampers tuned by RenaultSport. The four-piston front brake calipers come from Brembo, with 320mm discs to provide ample stopping power, and the steering features electric power steering. There’s no mechanical limited slip diff, with Alpine opting for a brake-based e-diff. 
 
The low weight has been one of Alpine’s biggest goals while developing the A110, and the engineers have utilised lightweight construction throughout. The car’s structure is aluminium, and big ticket items like the seats have been stripped of all unnecessary heft. 
 
There’s a bit of a retro twinge to the Alpine’s styling, and the company has worked hard on the aero package to keep it as clean-looking as possible. There’s a rear diffuser rather than a wing, and the use of a full flat floor makes this far more effective.
 
You can already place an order for the A110, with Alpine offering a run of 1955 'Première Edition' cars at launch. These get 18-inch wheels and satnav as standard. French pricing is set to be €58,500, with UK pricing expected to be around £46,000-£50,000.

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