Combining the timeless Alpine principles of light weight, agility and performance, this mid-engine two-seater sports coupe is true to the spirit of its predecessors and, in particular, the classic A110 Berlinette. The new car will be built in the Alpine factory in Dieppe and deliveries will start late 2017 in Europe, with deliveries in the UK and Japan starting in 2018.
The A110’s aluminium platform and body are bonded, riveted and welded to provide an exceptionally rigid yet light structure.
The A110 is ultra-light at only 1080kg kerb weight (excluding options). Its compact size (4178mm long, 1798mm wide and 1252mm high), optimal weight distribution (44% front, 56% rear) and low centre of gravity are all dedicated to agility, especially on the type of winding mountain road that made Alpine’s reputation back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Alpine’s mass is also concentrated around the centre of the car, with the fuel tank behind the front axle and the engine in front of the rear axle, enabling the driver to feel at one with the coupe.
The A110 is equipped with a new 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Alpine’s engineers, together with Renault Sport, have customised this engine for Alpine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune.
The engine has a maximum power output of 252bhp and maximum torque of 320Nm. Combined with the low kerb weight of only 1080kg, the A110’s excellent power-to-weight ratio of 233bhp per tonne enables the car to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in only 4.5 seconds.
The engine is mated to a Getrag 7-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox, with gear ratios specifically developed for Alpine to ensure optimal performance at all times. Aided by intensive use of fluid dynamics simulation, the lightweight single-exit active sports exhaust system in the A110 has been developed for performance and sound quality.
The A110 has three driver modes (Normal, Sport, Track) in which the engine and gearbox settings, steering, ESC, exhaust note and driver display are adapted to suit the driving conditions and also the driver’s mood.
In search of a combination of sleek lines and excellent performance, Alpine’s engineers turned to the world of racecars and supercars to optimise the aerodynamics of the A110.
With a completely flat floor and functional diffuser under the rear bumper, the A110 combines low drag with significant downforce. This allows the A110 to reach an electronically limited 250km/h top speed, while retaining a smooth “Alpine” profile without the need for a rear spoiler.
Air inlets in the front bumper create a curtain along the front wheel wells, improving airflow around the front wheels and hence reducing drag. With a Cd value of only 0.32, the A110’s drag is among the lowest in the sports car segment.
The A110 is highly modern yet immediately recognisable as an Alpine. It combines modern design language, materials and technologies with the efficiency of size, shape and profile that marked the original A110 Berlinette.
At the front, four independent full LED daytime running lights and the bonnet’s central “spine” clearly show Alpine’s DNA. The side profile indicates the design’s efficiency – bodywork wrapped tightly around the technical parts to minimise footprint and maximise performance. At the rear, X-shaped LED tail-lights with dynamic turn indicators give the car a highly contemporary look, while the sloping wraparound rear screen reminds us of Alpine’s past models.
Inside the A110, minimalist lightweight design merges with a welcoming, comfortable driving position. Top-quality materials, such as smooth natural-grain leather, structural aluminium and carbon fibre, ensure a rewarding experience for the driver and co-driver.
The light weight of the A110, combined with double wishbones front and rear, provide a rare combination of excellent handling and performance, while at the same time offering great ride comfort and daily useability.
Access and egress are designed to be easy, even in everyday use. The driver and passenger space will accommodate all shapes and sizes.
In short, the A110 is as at home in everyday driving as it is on the track.
The A110 has been designed and engineered in France, in Groupe Renault’s Technocentre in Guyancourt and in Renault Sport’s engineering centre in Les Ulis.
All A110s will be manufactured in the Alpine factory in Dieppe – its historical and spiritual home.
The Dieppe factory was built in 1969 by Jean Rédélé, and it was here that all generations of Alpines were built since then. Since Alpine production halted in 1995 with the phase-out of the A610, the Dieppe factory has been building Renault Sport and other niche models from Groupe Renault such as the Clio V6, the Espace and currently the Clio RS. Additionally, the Dieppe factory assembles many of Renault’s customer racing cars such as the Formula Renault 2.0.
Dieppe’s experienced specialist staff have all the expertise needed to build an excellent sports car. The factory is completing a multi-million euro investment, including a highly automated new body assembly facility dedicated to the A110’s all-aluminium platform and body.
Check out the A110 prototype revealed in 2016.