First new Alpine for 20 years set to hit the heights

Date: Friday 8th December 2017
The all-new A110 Première Edition is the lightweight, elegant sports coupé that signals the return of Alpine.
The all-new A110 Première Edition is the lightweight, elegant sports coupé that signals the return of Alpine.

THE all-new A110 Première Edition is the lightweight, elegant sports coupé that signals the return of Alpine. Designed and manufactured in France, the mid-engined, two-seater coupé features aluminium construction to keep weight to a minimum and sophisticated double-wishbone suspension.

The car — the first new Alpine model for two decades — is powered by a turbocharged, 1.8-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 252PS.

Limited to 1,955 examples — a nod to the year Alpine was founded — the new model was fully reserved within five days of going on sale. The production series A110 will follow shortly.

The A110 will be manufactured at Alpine’s factory in Dieppe. Originally built by Alpine-founder Jean Rédélé in 1969, the Dieppe site has continued to produce low-volume, high performance Renault Sport cars in recent years.

As well as the lightweight construction, the A110 owes its agility to the all-round double-wishbone suspension layout. Whereas most cars in the premium sports car segment use simpler strut-type suspension systems, Alpine’s engineers favoured a double-wishbone arrangement for the multitude of ride and handling advantages it confers.

With the chassis working effectively to generate cornering grip, the engineers have been able to fit relatively modest tyres. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres measure 205/40 R18 at the front and 235/40 R18 at the rear. They are mounted on forged 18in Otto Fuchs wheels, which reduce unsprung weight.

The modest tyres, meanwhile, ensure the A110 has very progressive breakaway characteristics. This makes the car fun and rewarding to drive even at low and medium speeds for drivers at all levels of ability.

The limited-edition A110 Première Edition comes very highly specified as standard. There is no options list — buyers simply choose between Alpine Blue, Noir Profond (black) and Blanc Solaire (pearlescent white) paintwork.

Inspired by the original A110 Berlinette, Alpine’s most iconic model, the car forms a link between the brand’s heritage and its future.

The twin front headlights, sculpted flanks, distinctive bonnet spine and wraparound rear screen are clearly borrowed from the A110 Berlinette, while the LED running lights and “X”-shaped LED taillights, with dynamic turn indicators, hint at the car’s modern day engineering and performance.

The single, graceful line that flows from the front of the car to the rear, meanwhile, is a signature Alpine design feature. With very few technical restraints to work around and an open design brief, the designers were able to realise a beautiful, elegant shape that’s instantly recognisable as an Alpine.

Proudly displaying a numbered plaque on the centre console, each A110 Première Edition comes fully equipped as standard, underlining the car’s day-to-day usability. Satellite navigation, climate control and cruise control ensure the A110 Première Edition is as effortless in everyday use as it is fun to drive.

The Alpine Telemetrics, meanwhile, allows drivers to record lap times on track days and store performance driving data.

The A110 Première Edition also comes equipped with MySpin mobile phone connectivity, which mirrors the driver’s smartphone to allow safe and simple use when on the move, further underlining the car’s day-to-day usability.

Antony Villain, head of design, Alpine, said: “The idea was to capture the main features of an Alpine, to discover the DNA and mood of the brand.

“That’s how we identified the important elements — the headlamps, the spine over the bonnet and the sculpted sides, and also the single line that runs from the front to the rear and the very low tail section with the wide wheel arches, which gives a very specific stance.

“All of those features are on the A110 Première Edition today, which helps to make the car a true Alpine.”