Alpine has revealed the production version of the 2018 A110. Prior to this release, the brand implemented a rather long campaign which started with the “Celebration” and followed it up with the “Vision.” For those familiar with the history of this brand, the A110 is the iconic name of the same model released from 1961 and to 1977. With the use of the name plus the fact that its design is clearly retro-inspired, it is clear the brand hopes it would go against the Porsche Cayman.
It was back in 2015 when the Alpine Celebration was first unveiled at the Le Mans. Back then, it showed that the design paid tribute to the class A110 Berlinetta. By 2016, the Alpine Vision concept was shown. This was intended as a preview of the production version. The design of this version was clearly an evolution of the Celebration.
Looking at how the body of the2018 A110 is designed, there is no doubt that it traces its heritage to the “Berlinette.” Still, a large part of the design reveals that there are various modern touches. In addition to fully utilizing architecture that uses mainly aluminum, the new A110 will have a floor that is totally flat. By having a diffuser in the rear, it allowed the brand to refrain from having a spoiler in this area while improving the aerodynamics. Aside from the use of an aluminum-intensive body, the brand also be fitted with bespoke lightweight seats in an attempt to lower the weight further. The result is more than excellent as each of the seats weighs around 28.8 pounds (13.1 kilograms), giving this rear-wheel drive coupe a rumored curb weight of around 2,204 pounds (1,000 kilograms).
While the design has been revealed, Alpine has yet to officially disclose what the actual specifications of the powertrain are. What many do know is that the new A110 is expected to go from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds. There are reports however that say it may be equipped with the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, which is based on the 1.6-liter engine inside the Clio RS. This means it would be able to deliver at least 300 hp (224 kW). However, there are those who claim that it could have the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the one inside the 2018 Megane RS.
The lack of information has made fans even more excited as the actual date for the A110’s official debut nears, which is on March 7 during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Alpine revealed that it expects sales of this unit to begin by the end of the year with the first 1,995 units slated to become part of the “Premier Edition.” It will be priced starting at €55,000, which is around $58,220, in France.