ALPINE A110 NAMED TOPGEAR MAGAZINE'S 2018 PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR

  • Alpine A110 comes first in TopGear magazine’s annual Speed Week issue
  • French sports car beats 13 other models to take coveted title
  • Alpine A110 Pure and A110 Légende are on sale now, from £46,905 OTR

Alpine’s A110 has won TopGear magazine’s Performance Car of the Year 2018 title, overcoming competition from 13 of the year’s most potent sports cars.

Featured in the latest issue of TopGear, the magazine’s journalists took the group of cars to the legendary Circuit de Charade in Saint-Genès-Champanelle near Clermont-Ferrand, France, to put them up against each other in a thorough assessment.

As well as testing the Alpine A110 on the racing circuit, TopGear drove the model 400 miles through its home country of France before arriving at Circuit de Charade for the annual Speed Week comparison test. At Charade it faced up to a diverse range of performance cars including the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari 488 Pista, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the McLaren 600LT.

At the conclusion of the test TopGear said of the A110: “It’s a car with wonderful poise and balance, a deft touch and a loose, limber energy. It is pure driving, and it’s our Performance Car of the Year 2018.”

When designing the Alpine A110, the focus of the engineers was as much on driver comfort as out-and-out performance, ensuring the car was able to cope with everything the TopGear journalists asked of it. A lightweight model, tipping the scales at just 1,080kg, combined with double wishbone suspension and a turbocharged 1.8-litre four cylinder engine that has an output of 248 bhp, means the Alpine A110 is engineered to meet its brief and provides driving pleasure in all circumstances.

At launch the A110 was available in the Première Edition trim. All 1,955 examples sold out within five days. The A110 is now available in Pure and Légende trims.

The A110 Pure is focused on the connection between driver and machine and has a minimalist approach. Lightweight, it has 13.1kg Sabelt monocoque seats and 17-inch light alloy wheels. Leather and microfibre seat upholstery combined with a matte carbon fibre interior trim, to hint at Pure’s sporting intent.

Displaying the character of a GT, the A110 Légende is the more sophisticated and refined edition of the A110. Its distinguishing features include six-way adjustable seats in black or brown leather and a lightweight Focal audio system that’s optimised to the A110’s cabin.

The November 2018 issue of TopGear magazine is on sale now with videos and extracts of the Speed Week feature available to view at www.topgear.com.

Further information is available at www.alpinecars.com.

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About Groupe Renault

Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling 3.76 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.

In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales totalled 113,988 vehicles in 2017.

For further information please visit www.press.alpinesportscars.co.uk, www.alpinecars.com or @RenaultUKPR or contact:

Matthew Bendall
Head of Press & Public Relations
Matthew.bendall@renault.co.uk – 01923 697653 – 07814 990247

Alistair Sommerville
Press Relations Manager
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James Bolton
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Renault
James.bolton@renault.co.uk – 01923 697342 – 07812 967685 

Callum Chamberlain
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Dacia
Callum.chamberlain@renault.co.uk – 01923 697512 – 07989 434003 

Oliver Lowe
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Renault LCV and Corporate
Oliver.lowe@renault.co.uk – 01923 697878 – 07816 397540

Charlie Roper
Press Fleet & VIP Relations Manager
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Ciarán Sands
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