Green Car Guide has stood for cars that are efficient and great to drive for over 10 years, so the Alpine A110, with light weight and 45.5mpg economy, promises to be one of the cars to watch over the next year.
The production Alpine A110 has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Deliveries of the mid-engined two-seater sports coupe will start in late 2017 in Europe, and in 2018 in the UK and Japan.
The A110 has an aluminium platform and body and 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” says the company.
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.
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 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 A110 is forecast to have economy of 45.5mpg economy and CO2 emissions under 140g/km.
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).
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.
Alpine has set its tentative recommended retail price for the Première Edition at 58,500 Euros TTC (VAT included) in France. Final prices will be confirmed at the start of formal orders in mid-2017.
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.