In 1955, Jean Rédélé created the Alpine brand of automobiles, based in France – in fact they were very French – designed and built in France, using French engineering and know-how.
Admittedly, aside from Citroen or Peugeot, the French aren’t really known for their automotive prowess, but the Alpine brand was something different; sporty cars that looked great and were just different enough to be interesting.
In 1973, Renault brought Alpine and they continued with the brand until 1995. They finally pulled the plug because the Alpine brand just wasn’t viable – creating vehicles that weren’t specifically Renault was an expensive business, and it was just a very small market. That was only ever going to go one way.
The Paper Based Version
|Contents||On paper, there is no doubt that the little Alpine works; it has all the right mixture of ingredients to make it a success, except maybe for the lack of… engineering pedigree is a harsh phrase, but let’s be honest, think of Renault and it isn’t really sports cars that spring to mind.Sure, Renault Sport make some cracking versions of the standard road cars, but there aren’t really any standalone models.
The website tells you that “The 2018 Alpine A110 is enticing, light & fun, rekindling the spirit of the famed Berlinette. At its core, the Alpine A110 is a taut line drawn in a single stroke”.
No, it doesn’t make sense to us either.
2018 Alpine A110 Details
Weighing in at just over 2,400 lbs (dry), the 2018 Alpine A110 makes 252 PS (about 248 BHP) and is capable of doing a zero to sixty sprint in 4.5 seconds. Alpine also say that the A110 is electronically limited to 155 MPH, but in all honesty, we think that’s more marketing hype than actual need – looking at the power to weight figures and aero efficiency, it’s doubtful that is has much more in it after 155.
And speaking of aero efficiency, the 2017 Alpine A110 has a drag-coefficient of just 0.32 (the same as the recently released McLaren 720S), which means it’s pretty slippery, it also has a flat underfloor (ala race cars) and large rear diffuser, meaning that is should really hold its own when being pushed.
The engine is a 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder that has been specifically developed by the Renault-Nissan alliance, and then Alpine and Renault Sport have developed it further with custom air intake, turbo specs and exhaust system.
The three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Track all have an affect on the engine & gearbox (Getrag 7-speed wet clutch DCT), steering, electronic stability control, exhaust note and the driver display, although nothing is said about engine performance.
The 2018 Alpine A110 is 96% aluminum – chassis and bodywork are forged from ultra-lightweight alloy and the A110 has near perfect weight distribution at 44/56 split front to rear (although with the fuel tank packed in behind the front axle line, that’s going to vary considerably depending on fuel level).
Suspension is taken care of by a double wishbone setup front and rear and Alpine have gone to some lengths to ensure that the parts fitted aren’t just parts bin specials from Renault; Brembo developed brakes (specifically for the Alpine A110), FUCHS aluminum wheels and Sabelt developed one piece bucket seats (weighing in at just 29 lbs).
2018 Alpine A110 Special Edition and Pricing
The first cars rolling off the production line in Dieppe will be the Alpine A110 Premiere Edition; a limited run of just 1,955 cars (the year that Alpine first launched) and they’ll have:
- Alpine Blue, Noir Profond (Black) or Blanc (White) paintwork
- 18” FUCHS alloy wheels with a Matte Black diamond turned finish
- Lightweight active sports exhaust
- Alpine tuned focal audio system
- Matte Black carbon fiber interior accents
- Brushed aluminum pedals
- Quilted, smooth leather Sabelt seating
- Tricolore badging
- Numbered ‘Premiere Edition’ plaque on the center console
Once the Premiere Edition run has finished, the Alpine A110 will begin its regular production, although Alpine will be offering a number of upgrades and extras as part of the regular production.
Nothing has been said about shipping the 2018 Alpine A110 to the U.S., in fact the only markets mentioned are continental Europe, the United Kingdom and Japan, so it’s doubtful that we’ll get them arriving on our shores at all, unless it’s a private import.
The official pricing for the Alpine is €58,500 Euros, which at today’s exchange rate would mean that the Alpine would retail for just over $63,000 IF it came to the U.S.
Delivery is expected to start in late 2017 for Europe and then moving in to early 2018 for the United Kingdom and Japan.