2017 Geneva Motor Show: Official unveiling of 252-hp Alpine A110 sports car

Article by Christian A., on March 9, 2017

The much-teased Alpine A110 has finally been officially displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and its specs are as equally astonishing as its retro-inspired design. Alpine is hoping that the new A110 will help catapult the carmaker in the sports car segment by offering pure driving pleasure with the combination of lightweight, agility and performance.

Just days prior to the official global debut of the Alpine A110, the company revealed the full design of its new sports car, but without releasing details about its performance and other dynamic elements. Indeed, the Alpine A110 features a modern design, one that stays true to its heritage.

Upon launch, Alpine will also be introducing the new A110 Premiere Edition, of which only 1,955 models will be made. Alpine will commence deliveries of the new A110 late this year in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The sports car maker will commence deliveries of the A110 in 2018 to customers in the United Kingdom and Japan (right-hand drive versions).

Exterior Design

The modern design language that Alpine employs has been realized through the use of modern materials, which take inspiration from the style of the original A110 Berlinette.

The front end of the new Alpine A110 features four independent full LED daytime running lights as well as a bonnet with a central spine. The rear end, meanwhile, is provided with ‘X’ shaped LED tail lights featuring dynamic turn indicators as well as a sloping, wrap-around rear screen.

Measuring 4,178 mm in length, 1,798 mm in width and 1,252 mm in height, the new Alpine A110 is fitted with an aluminum platform and body, a low center of gravity as well as an optimal weight distribution of 44 percent front and 55 percent rear. Thanks to the smart use of lightweight materials, the A110 has a kerb weight of just 1,080 kg.

Powertrain

Serving as the core of this sports car is a new 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine derived from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This engine -- featuring turbocharger, specific air intake and exhaust system, as well as engine tune – offers 252 hp of max output and 320 Nm torque. With this output level, the new Alpine A110 boasts of an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 233 hp.

As a result, this enables the sports car to sprint from nil to 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds. This turbocharged engine is mated to a Getrag 7-speed wet-clutch DCT gearbox and is connected to a lightweight, single-exit active sports exhaust system.

In addition, the new Alpine A110 features an all-aluminum brake calipers from Brembo; 18-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels A110 from Otto Fuchs; and lightweight one-piece bucket seats from Sabelt.

Press Release

ALPINE IS BACK - A110: THE COMPACT AND AGILE FRENCH SPORTS CAR

One year after the presentation of the Alpine Vision show car, Alpine revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show its production car: the new A110.

Combining the timeless Alpine principles of light weight, agility and performance, this mid-engined two-seater sports coupe is true to the spirit of its predecessors and in particular the A110 ‘Berlinette’. The new car will be built in the Alpine factory in Dieppe and deliveries will start late 2017 in Continental Europe. Deliveries in the UK and Japan will start in 2018.

Alpine is back to claim its position in the sports car segment, with only one promise: driving pleasure.

A CAR DESIGNED FOR AGILITY

A compact and lightweight sports car

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 ‘70s.

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 car.

Excellent power-to-weight ratio

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 customized this engine for Alpine, with specific air intake, turbocharger, exhaust system and engine tune. The engine has a maximum power output of 252hp and maximum torque of 320Nm. Combined with the low kerb weight of only 1080kg, the A110’s excellent power-to-weight ratio of 233hp:tonne enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62mph 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 the driver’s mood).

RACING-INPIRED AERODYNAMICS

A flat floor worthy of a race car, tried and tested in the wind tunnel.

In search of a combination of sleek lines and excellent performance, Alpine’s engineers turned to the world of race cars and supercars to optimize 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 155mph 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 air flow 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.

A MODERN DESIGN, TRUE TO ITS HERITAGE

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 shows the design’s efficiency – bodywork wrapped tightly around the technical parts to minimise footprint and maximize performance.

At the rear, ‘X’ shaped LED tail lights with dynamic turn indicators give the car a highly modern look, while the sloping, wrap-around 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 – smooth natural-grain leather, structural aluminium, carbon fibre – ensure a rewarding driver and passenger experience.

PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT – EVERY DAY

The light weight of the A110, combined with double wishbones front and rear, provide a rare combination – excellent handling and performance while at the same time offering great ride comfort and daily usability.

Access and egress are designed to be easy, even in everyday use. 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 BEST COMPONENTS FROM THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

In developing the A110, Alpine’s engineers and designers identified the best suppliers to ensure the best performance, fit & finish. Some examples:

Brembo developed the A110’s all-aluminium brake calipers. The rear brake system, specific to Alpine, features an integrated parking brake actuator, a world first, saving 2.5kg.

Otto Fuchs provided the 18-inch lightweight forged aluminium wheels on the A110, saving additional weight and offering a beautiful ‘open’ look

Sabelt developed one-piece bucket seats that weigh just 13.1kgs each, with no compromise on comfort.

A110 PREMIERE EDITION SPECIFICATIONS

The Alpine A110 Première Edition is a numbered, limited edition production run of 1,955 cars. 1,955 refers to the year that Jean Rédélé launched Alpine.

The Première Edition is richly equipped including:

Alpine Blue, Noir Profond (black) or Blanc Solaire (white) paint

18-inch Otto Fuchs forged aluminium wheels, with matt black diamond turned finish specific to Première Edition

Three driver modes with ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings

Performance braking system with dual-material brake discs with aluminium hub and rear calipers incorporating integrated parking brake

Lightweight active sports exhaust

Alpine-tuned Focal audio system

Matte carbon fibre interior accents

Brushed aluminium pedals

Quilted smooth natural-grain leather Sabelt one-piece sports seats

'Tricolore’ blue, white and red badging inside and outside

…and a numbered ‘Première Edition’ plaque on the centre console.

In 2018, after the production run of Première Edition is completed, several A110 trim levels will be available, supplemented by a wide range of personalisation options.

A110 PREMIERE EDITION PRICING

Alpine has set its tentative recommended retail price for the Première Edition at

58,500 Euros TTC (VAT included) in France

64,000 Swiss Francs (VAT included) in Switzerland.

Final prices will be confirmed at the start of formal orders in mid-2017.

A110 PREMIERE EDITION AVAILABILITY

Alpine opened reservations for its A110 Première Edition in December 2016 through the dedicated Alpine mobile App. All available left hand drive Première Edition cars were reserved in 5 days.

A small number of right hand drive cars remains for the United Kingdom market (deliveries will start in 2018), and reservations for the Japanese market will commence in the coming weeks.

The Alpine App remains open for reservations of the A110 production model that will be produced in 2018 after the deliveries of the A110 Première Edition are completed.

DESIGNED IN FRANCE, MADE IN FRANCE

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 the 1990s, 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 R.S. 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.

A DEDICATED ALPINE DEALER NETWORK

Deliveries of the new Alpine A110 will commence late 2017 in the following countries:

Austria

Belgium

France

Germany

Italy

Luxembourg

The Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Spain

Switzerland

Deliveries in the United Kingdom and Japan (RHD) will commence in 2018.

A network of around 60 dedicated Alpine showrooms will open before A110 deliveries commence, managed by dealers selected from the best of Groupe Renault’s existing partners. Dedicated Alpine advisors will ensure that the Alpine customers will be served by people as knowledgeable and passionate about Alpine as they are themselves. The first Alpine showroom will open late March 2017 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris.

ALPINE KEY DATES

1955: Creation of ‘Société des Automobiles Alpine’. Launch of the A106

1962: Alpine A110

1971: 1st victory at the Monte Carlo rally

1973: Alpine wins International Championship for manufacturers. Acquired by Groupe Renault

1976: Alpine A310 V6

1978: Alpine wins Le Mans

1985: Alpine GTA

1991: Alpine A610

1995: Alpine production discontinued

2012: Announcement of an Alpine car project

2015: Presentation of Alpine Célébration at Le Mans

2016: Alpine relaunch announced and presentation of Alpine Vision

TECHNICAL DATA – A110 PREMIÈRE EDITION

A110 Première Edition

Year 2017

Fuel type Petrol

Recommended Retail Price France incl. VAT (provisional) 58 500 €

Engine type 1.8L 4cyl. 16v

Maximum power 252hp @ 6000rpm

Maximum torque 320Nm

Architecture Mid Engine, rear-wheel drive

Gearbox type 7 speed DCT, wet clutch

Unladen weight (DIN) 1,103kg

Power-to-weight ratio 228hp:tonne

Dimensions 4,178/,1798/1,252 mm (L/W/H)

Wheelbase 2,419mm

Track width, front 1,556mm

Track width, rear 1,553mm

Chassis

front axle

Double wishbone

rear axle

Double wishbone

Brakes

front

4 piston fixed caliper

320mm

rear

single piston floating caliper

320mm

Aero Cd*A: 0.621m²

Cd: 0.32

Fuel tank 45-litres

Boot capacity 100-litres rear

96-litres front

Wheels and tyres 205/40R18 (front) - 235/40R18 (rear)

Top speed 155mph (limited)

0 to 62mph 4.5 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined NEDC)* 45.5mpg

CO2 * <140g/km CO2

*subject to official confirmation

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