A110

ALPINE A110 PREMIÈRE EDITION - PRESS KIT

Introduction

  • Alpine is back with the A110 sports coupé
  • True to Alpine DNA - lightweight, agile and a pleasure to drive
  • Première Edition launch model fully reserved within five days
  • A110 Pure is driver-focused; A110 Légende has GT character

Alpine returns with the all-new Alpine A110, a lightweight, elegant sports coupé. True to Alpine’s DNA, the A110 places absolute agility and driving pleasure front and centre, without compromising on everyday comfort.

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 A110 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 252PS (248bhp). Like all Alpines, it’s rear-wheel drive.

The first new model for two decades, the A110 marks the relaunch of Alpine. Conceived as a standalone business unit within Groupe Renault, Alpine has an ambitious long-term strategy that invokes the vision and determination of its founder, Jean Rédélé. 

Alpine launched its new model with the Première Edition. Limited to 1,955 examples – a nod to the year Alpine was founded – the A110 Première Edition was fully reserved within five days of going on sale in December 2016. The production series A110, in Pure and Légende trims, followed in June 2018.

The A110 Pure focuses on the driver/machine connection and has a minimalist approach. Lightweight, it has 13.1kg Sabelt monocoque seats and 17-inch light-alloy wheels, resulting in the A110 Pure weighing as little as 1,098kg.

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 Focal audio system.

As well as a rich heritage in building agile, lightweight sports cars that are in their element on winding mountain roads, Alpine is also well-known for competing at the highest level of international motorsport. Its crowning glories include winning the 1973 World Rally Championship title and outright victory at the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It is in that same spirit that Alpine today competes in international endurance racing. Its title-winning FIA LMP2 World Endurance Championship programme showcases the brand’s ambition and commitment to motorsport. Two racing versions of the A110 dovetail to create a racing ladder for Alpine customers. The A110 Cup can be raced in the Alpine Europa Cup, while the A110 GT4 is an even faster model. Both were developed in partnership with Alpine’s racing partner, Signatech, which also runs the Alpine Europa Cup.

The passion for Alpine, both within Groupe Renault and among sports car enthusiasts, is huge. Now, Alpine is back.

With the new A110, the Alpine team has taken the core principles that made Alpine so successful in the Sixties and Seventies: compact size, lightweight and very low centre of gravity. Such principles have been deployed/applied with modern technologies to offer a car that is an absolute pleasure to drive on country roads or on the track, but also very comfortable to drive every day.

It is Alpine’s mission to become an established and permanent fixture in the sports car segment.

Relaunching Alpine

  • Alpine Vision show car presented in 2016
  • A110 Première Edition unveiled one year later
  • Alpine established as a standalone business unit within Groupe Renault
  • Original Alpine factory in Dieppe extended and upgraded for A110 production

The Alpine project was announced in 2012 and four years later, in 2016, the Alpine Vision show car was unveiled in Monaco. A year later, the road-going A110 Première Edition made its public debut at the Geneva motor show. Conceived as a responsive, fast-moving standalone brand under the Groupe Renault umbrella, Alpine has its own dedicated design and engineering teams.

Now available as the A110 Pure and the A110 Légende, Alpine is carving its own clear niche in the sports car segment. The A110 is on sale in 11 markets in Europe, as well as Japan and Australia, with further markets still to be announced. It is sold through dedicated dealerships – some 57 in Europe alone – by highly trained advisors.

The initial batch of 1,955 A110 Première Editions was allocated via a mobile app, which allowed buyers to place a refundable deposit and reserve a car. Every one of those A110 Première Editions was reserved within five days, illustrating the level of excitement there for Alpine’s return among sports car enthusiasts. A110 Première Edition deliveries commenced in continental Europe early in 2018 and in right-hand drive markets in summer 2018.

Order books for the production series A110 Pure and A110 Légende models opened in June 2018, with the app able to be used to secure a position on the waiting list.

The A110 is manufactured at Alpine’s factory in Dieppe, northern France. 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. Now, Alpine production returns to Dieppe and as part of the relaunch, the factory was been heavily upgraded and modernised.

In 2012, at the beginning of the project, a new Alpine sports car was to be created from a blank sheet of paper. It had to be true to the DNA of Alpine – agility through light weight, very elegant and a pleasure to drive.

Designers were given complete freedom to imagine what a modern day Alpine should look like with very few technical constraints. This is an unusual approach, but is the reason for the very strong design of the A110.

Starting from a blank sheet of paper also means engineers could also create a dedicated platform. One of the big objectives for the A110 was to ‘feel at one’ – the driver should feel at one with the machine, meaning the centre of gravity and the roll centre have to be very low in the car, which is only possible with a dedicated platform.

A weight target was set for the car of 1100kg, which is very difficult to achieve, and is why aluminium was used for the chassis and body. The final result, just 1098kg (1103kg for the Première Edition), means Alpine achieved its objective of making the A110 one of the lightest cars in its class.

Since announcing the relaunch of Alpine, the response has been huge. Even though Alpine went away for 20 years there is still so much passion and enthusiasm for it, not only in France, but all over the world, too.

When the return of Alpine was announced, a design language was developed that would do justice to the original models, while also demonstrating our ambition and modernity. A technical concept was then developed – one of lightweight construction and absolute driving pleasure – that would make the new car stand out in the sports car segment.

A decision was made that Alpine should be a dedicated business unit with its own designers and engineers. These very passionate and skilled individuals were to be completely dedicated to Alpine, to work closely together in agile, responsive teams. Alpine has also developed a dedicated network of dealerships with highly-trained advisors. Only this approach would enable Alpine to be sharp enough in front of a very demanding set of customers.

Alpine production is returning to the factory in Dieppe, in the very same production plant that was used to build Alpines previously. The whole setup and culture there is still geared around low-volume, high-quality, sporty cars. Employee motivation is very high at Dieppe and the team there is very proud to wear the Alpine logo.

A lot of thought and investment has been put into the factory - which is set up for production numbers in single digit thousands each year - to bring it up to the level Alpine requires in terms of fit and finish, consistency and quality control.

Technical Details

  • Lightweight aluminium construction
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Mid-mounted 252PS (248bhp) turbocharged engine
  • Absolute agility and driving pleasure combined with everyday comfort

Aluminium construction

Lightweight, agile and rewarding to drive, the A110 is above all else a true Alpine. Designed from a blank sheet it has been engineered to thrill and engage the driver at all speeds, prioritising driving pleasure above lap times and outright power. It does this without compromising on everyday comfort, and it can be enjoyed by drivers at all levels of experience or ability.

Its lightweight construction, low roll centre and perfect weight distribution allow the driver to feel at one with the machine. The aluminium chassis and bodywork form the basis for the A110’s poise and agility. Bonded and riveted to reduce weight even further, the compact aluminium body offers the best possible balance between rigidity, weight and build quality. At just 1098kg the lightweight A110 occupies its own niche within the sports car segment, offering a uniquely engaging driving experience.

Additional weight saving measures include aluminium suspension components, very lightweight Sabelt sports seats that weigh just 13.1kg each and, in a world first application, Brembo brakes that incorporate the parking brake into the main rear caliper. This alone saves 2.5kg.

Advanced double wishbone suspension

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.

The first advantage is linear suspension kinematics. As the car rolls during cornering, the double wishbone suspension enables the tyre contact patches to remain flat to the road surface, meaning they generate a strong and consistent level of grip. The harder the car corners, the more firmly the tyres are pressed into the road surface and the more grip they generate. Conversely, a strut arrangement would cause the tyres to tilt into positive camber where they lose grip, causing the car to slide

This precise control of wheel camber means the engineers can use lightweight, hollow anti-roll bars, because there’s no need to fight the car’s natural roll tendency. The use of double wishbones also means the car has relatively long wheel travel and, because the A110 is so light, the coil springs can be reasonably soft. As a result the car has a very comfortable ride quality and supreme bump absorption capabilities, while still being characteristically agile and responsive, with no need for adaptive dampers.

With the chassis working so 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 18-inch 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.

A pleasure to drive and comfortable everyday

The A110’s 44:56 weight distribution - perfect for a mid-engined sports coupé - is helped by the fuel tank being located immediately behind the front axle line. This means the A110 is perfectly balanced in cornering and the driver feels at one with the car at all times. With its very pliant ride quality and suite of driver aids - including ABS, traction control and stability control - the A110 remains useable, safe and comfortable day-to-day.

The 100-litre storage space in the front is generous enough to accept a pair of airline carry-on cases side-by-side, while the 96-litre rear storage compartment can accommodate two full-face helmets plus an overnight bag.

Supplied by renowned brake specialists Brembo, the A110’s 320mm brake discs with four-piston aluminium calipers on the front axle provide strong and durable stopping power. The stability control system, meanwhile, features an intermediate Sport mode, as well as a Track setting that allows a little more wheel slip before intervening, giving a more engaging yet secure drive. For track use, the ESP system can be disabled fully regardless of the selected driving mode.

The three driving modes are Normal, Sport and Track. As the driver switches up through the modes such parameters as throttle response, steering assistance, gearshift speeds, exhaust sound and stability control intervention are all adapted to deliver a sharper, more thrilling and more emotional driving experience. The 10-inch digital TFT display within the instrument binnacle also changes with each driving mode, favouring the rev counter, gear display and gear shift lights in Sport and Track.

Turbocharged performance

With its optional active central exit sports exhaust the A110 combines day-to-day civility in Normal mode with a stirring, authentic sports car soundtrack in Sport and Track modes. The turbocharged 1.8-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine - customised by Alpine with specific intake, exhaust, and turbo systems plus bespoke calibration - develops a maximum power output of 252PS (248bhp) at 6000rpm, with 320Nm of torque from just 2000rpm.

The responsive, energetic in-line engine delivers its power to the rear wheels via a wet clutch seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission, which features Alpine-specific ratios. The gearbox offers fast shift speeds and combines a manual function - in which the driver can change gears using the aluminium paddles - with an effortless automatic mode. To lock the A110 into manual mode, the driver simply presses the D button on the centre console twice. The brake-based electronic differential function, often referred to as ‘brake vectoring’, delivers superb traction even in slippery conditions.

The car’s excellent power to weight ratio (228PS/tonne or 224bhp/tonne), plus a launch control function, enables the A110 to sprint to 100kph (62mph) in 4.5 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited at 250kph (155mph). The lightweight construction ensures excellent fuel efficiency (6.2L/100km combined or 46.0mpg; Première Edition: 6.1L/100km combined or 46.3mpg) and low CO2 emissions (144g/km; Première Edition: 138g/km), too.

Functional aerodynamics

With a flat underbody and functional rear diffuser, the car’s carefully crafted aerodynamics eliminate the need for a rear spoiler. This preserves the A110’s elegant, timeless silhouette. Air inlets in the front bumper, meanwhile, create a curtain around the front wheels, improving air flow and reducing drag.

Another one of the car’s important characteristics is its very small frontal area. Compact dimensions and relatively narrow tyres mean the A110 generates minimal drag. This improves both acceleration at higher speeds and fuel efficiency.

This functionality also extends to even the container of the windscreen washer fluid. The liquid is sprayed, via the wiper blade itself directly onto the screen, which provides a better cleaning result with less liquid being used. This means a smaller fluid tank has been fitted, saving around 2kg.

High level of standard equipment

In Pure specification the A110 is equipped with 13.1kg Sabelt monocoque seats and 17-inch light-alloy wheels, resulting in the A110 Pure weighing as little as 1098kg.

In the passenger compartment, the leather-trimmed seats and matt carbon fibre casing emphasise the car’s sporty character. The A110 Pure has a driving mode selector with three options: Normal, Sport and Race. It is also equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite navigation system, Alpine smartphone replication mySPIN and front and rear LED lighting.  

Optional features include high-performance Brembo brakes, active sport exhaust system and 18-inch alloy wheels with two different designs. It is possible to select luxury 6-way adjustable seats – providing good support for both driver and passenger but still light weight – and front and rear park assist with parking camera. Finally, two different lightweight Focal audio systems are available. Focal, a French audio specialist, engineered a sound system that’s 61 per cent lighter than a traditional system. As an example, the door-mounted woofer is 470g lighter thanks to the use of a special magnet.

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 Focal audio system. The high-gloss carbon fibre passenger compartment and the 18-inch alloy wheels emphasise the sophisticated personality of the Légende edition. Park assist with rear parking camera makes the A110 Légende easy to drive on a daily basis. Specific bi-colour ‘Légende’ wheel rims pay tribute to the original motif of the A110 Berlinette 1600S. Two other 18-inch wheel rims are available to choose from as an optional extra. 

Like the A110 Pure, the A110 Légende has three driving modes, air-conditioning, a satellite navigation system, the Alpine smartphone replication mySPIN and front and rear LED lighting. The A110 Légende standard features can be upgraded with a Focal Premium audio system complementing the two speakers and two subwoofer tweeters, an active sport exhaust system and heated seats.

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

Included on each A110 Première Edition were lightweight 18-inch forged aluminium wheels, an active sports exhaust, Focal audio system, carbon fibre interior accents, brushed aluminium pedals, leather-trimmed Sabelt one-piece sports seats, a numbered Première Edition plaque on the centre console and tasteful Tricolore badges on the rear pillars.

Laurent Hurgon, chief test and development driver, says: ‘What is most important for me is that you don’t have to be a racing driver to enjoy the A110 and you don’t have to drive very quickly for it to be thrilling. It is also very comfortable to drive everyday. For more experienced drivers, though, its performance is at a very high level.

‘The A110 is a road car, but because it is so light and agile it is very good to drive on the race track as well. You can use this car to drive to work, to have fun on some mountain roads and also on the circuit.’

Design and Interior

  • A110 inspired by classic Alpines
  • ‘X’-shaped LED taillights underline modern engineering and performance
  • Generous cabin space despite compact exterior dimensions
  • Highly specified cabin ensures everyday comfort

Inspired by the original A110 Berlinette, Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 forms a link between the brand’s heritage and its future. Led by Frenchman Antony Villain, the design team set out to capture the spirit of Alpine in the new car while also creating a design language that would stand the test of time.

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 very 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.

The car’s clean, uncluttered silhouette has been achieved by working in parallel with the engineering team. A completely flat underside and functional diffuser mean there’s no need for a rear spoiler. And although the exterior dimensions are very compact, contributing to the car’s agility, the cabin still offers enough space for taller drivers to sit comfortably, even if they’re wearing a helmet.

Access to the high-quality cabin is among the best in the sports car sector thanks to the low and narrow sill, while the interior itself reflects the A110’s lightweight construction. The floating centre console and exposed seat brackets give a sense of purpose and lightness, while the leather-trimmed Sabelt sports seats keep weight to a minimum. In the Légende, the Focal stereo uses speakers that incorporate patented flax cone technology, giving a pure and detailed sound, while the aluminium pedals mirror the car’s lightweight aluminium construction.

Each A110 comes fully-equipped as standard, underlining the car’s day-to-day usability. Satellite navigation, climate control and cruise control ensure the A110 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 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 at Alpine, comments: ‘As a car enthusiast, designing a new Alpine was a dream opportunity. The A110 Berlinette is such an iconic car that it was natural to use it as a reference for the new model. We wondered; if the A110 never went away, if this new car was the sixth or seventh generation A110, what would it look like? It was important to make the link to the past, but the design also has to look to the future of Alpine and reflect the car’s modernity.

‘The first thing I did when we started on the project in 2012 was to organise a workshop. I took my team to visit the Jean Rédélé Collection in Paris, where 30 or so classic Alpines are stored - A110s, A310s, Le Mans cars and so on. I asked my designers to sketch each car very quickly, in just 30 seconds. 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 today, which helps to make the car a true Alpine.’

History of Alpine

  • Founded by Frenchman Jean Rédélé in 1955
  • Original A110 Berlinette launched in 1962
  • Dieppe factory built in 1969
  • Alpine acquired by Groupe Renault in 1973

Alpine owes its existence to one man - Jean Rédélé. Born in 1922 in Dieppe, France, Rédélé was a lifelong car enthusiast and a gifted driver and mechanic. He studied in Paris as a young man before establishing a car dealership in his home town, selling Renaults. A keen and competitive rally driver, Rédélé entered his Renault 4 CV in various motorsport events throughout the early Fifties, upgrading his car with each passing year.

Rédélé achieved a series of class wins in famous motorsport events such as the Mille Miglia road race and the Critérium des Alpes rally (also known as Coupe des Alpes). Having identified a gap in the market, and encouraged by his motorsport successes, Rédélé established his sports car company in 1955. He chose the name Alpine in tribute to the Critérium des Alpes rally - scene of his greatest competitive achievement to date - which was staged in the Alps mountain range in the south of France each year.

The tight, twisty Alpine roads gave Rédélé not only his company’s name; they also determined the fundamental set of technical principles that would define every Alpine car. Rédélé recognised that it wasn’t outright power or brute force that made a car quick on a twisty rally stage, but light weight, compact dimensions and agility.

His first car was the Alpine A106, which was based on the Renault 4 CV chassis. In 1958 his second car, the A108, arrived with a chassis all of its own, but it wasn’t until the A110 Berlinette debuted in 1962 that his fledgling company really began to find its feet. By now Alpine and Renault were close collaborators, Alpine cars being sold and serviced by Renault dealerships.

By the early Seventies, Alpine was a major force in top-flight rally competition. In 1971 Alpine won the world famous Rallye Monte Carlo for the first time, then again in 1973. The company went on to win the World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title later that year, its finest achievement to date. Rédélé’s company had well and truly arrived.

All the while, Alpine’s road car sales were growing. Rédélé built a dedicated factory in Dieppe in 1969 - the same facility that is producing the all-new A110 today - and in 1971 the replacement for A110, the A310, entered production. Two years later, Alpine was acquired by Groupe Renault.

Alpine achieved its most famous motorsport triumph in 1978; overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the A442B with Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at the wheel. The factory continued to release new and innovative road cars throughout the Seventies and Eighties, including the A310 V6 and the GTA.

Alpine production would eventually cease in 1995. More than 30,000 Alpine road cars had been built across 40 years, along with more than 100 single-seater and prototype racing cars. During the marque’s dormant years Alpine enthusiasts kept the brand alive across the globe by forming owners’ clubs and campaigning various Alpine models in historic motorsport events. Now, a new chapter is being written into the Alpine history books.

Alpine founder Jean Rédélé once commented: ‘I chose the name Alpine for my company because for me, this is an adjective that epitomises the pleasure of driving on mountain roads. The most fun I ever had behind the wheel was driving through the Alps in my five-speed 4 CV, and it was essential for me that my customers should experience this same level of enjoyment in the car I wanted to build. In this respect, the name Alpine is both symbolic and entirely appropriate.’

 

Alpine key dates

1955

Creation of Société des Automobiles Alpine. Launch of the A106

1962

Launch of the A110

1971

1st victory at the Monte Carlo rally

1973

Alpine wins World Rally Championship for manufacturers. Acquired by Groupe Renault

1976

Launch of A310 V6

1978

Alpine wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

1985

Launch of GTA

1991

Launch of A610

1995

Alpine production discontinued

2012

Announcement of an Alpine car project

2015

Presentation of Alpine Célébration Concept race car at 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016

Alpine relaunch announced and presentation of Alpine Vision show car

2017

Alpine A110 Première Edition revealed at Geneva International Motor Show in March

Alpine A110 Cup announced in December

2018

Alpine A110 Pure and Légende versions and Alpine A110 GT4 racer revealed at Geneva International Motor Show in March

 

Alpine in Motorsport

  • Founder Jean Rédélé competed in rallies and road races
  • Alpine’s highlights include World Rally Championship and Le Mans victories
  • In 2016 and 2018, Alpine won the Le Mans 24 Hours in the LMP2 category
  • A110 Cup and A110 GT4 create a motorsport ladder for Alpine racers

Proving the performance, agility and durability of his cars in the crucible of motorsport was of utmost importance to Jean Rédélé. Alpine has competed at the highest level of rallying and circuit racing for decades, recording a string of famous victories that belies the company’s modest size. With that same ambitious and determined spirit Alpine today competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The one-make Alpine Europa Cup, meanwhile, demonstrates the A110’s inherent agility and performance on the race track.

In 2018 the new Alpine A110 GT4 car was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show. Eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24 Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours, the A110 GT4 will be seen competing around the globe at many of the world’s most famous circuits.

Although Alpine is perhaps best known for its rallying exploits in the Sixties and Seventies, and for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978, the company has, in fact, competed right across the motorsport spectrum. Alpine has built no fewer than 70 single-seater racing cars, including two Formula 1 machines, and some 37 sports prototypes for endurance racing.

The company also counts several rallycross championships to its credit, while amateur competitors have recorded in excess of 1000 individual victories in hill climbs, club racing events and autotests. Demonstrably, motorsport is a core component of Alpine’s DNA.

In fact, it’s true to say the company was as much a builder of competition cars as road-going sports cars when it was founded by Rédélé in 1955. The Frenchman had already earned himself a reputation as a formidable driver, thanks to a series of class victories in high-profile events such as the Critérium des Alpes rally. Campaigning modified Renault 4 CVs, Rédélé quickly proved his ability to prepare cars for motorsport, too.

By the early Sixties Alpine cars were competing throughout Europe in rallies and road races, as well as on purpose-built race circuits. In 1963 the aerodynamic, long-tail M63 prototype - the company’s first dedicated circuit racer - won the French sports car championship. The following year the improved M64 prototype managed the same feat, as well as clinching a class victory at Le Mans.

Driving Alpine’s first Formula 3 car, Frenchman Henri Grandsire won the French F3 championship in the same year. A string of national rally championship victories would follow soon after, the A110 victorious in Spain, France, Bulgaria and Romania, among others. In 1971, three A110s locked out the podium at the world-famous Rallye Monte Carlo, a feat Alpine repeated two years later. That dominant performance on the twisty, snow-covered mountain roads of the Monte would prove to be a portentous moment; Alpine went on to win the World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title later that year.

It was in 1978 that Alpine recorded one of its most celebrated motorsport successes. Driving the A442B sports prototype, Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, lapping the 8-mile Circuit de la Sarthe 369 times. By the mid-Nineties, Alpine had racked up 26 domestic and international rally titles, four rallycross championships and six single-seater titles.

Using those decades of success as a springboard, Alpine returned to front-line motorsport in 2013 in a collaboration with French race stable Signatech. It immediately proved to be a triumphant return to racing; the marque’s A450 prototype won the European Le Mans Series title at its first attempt, and again in 2014.

From there, Signatech-Alpine graduated to the FIA World Endurance Championship, competing once again on the world stage. The A450B secured a race victory in the LMP2 category at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in that first year. In 2016, that car’s replacement, the A460, won four of the nine rounds to secure the LMP2 WEC title for Alpine, the most hard-fought of those victories coming at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alpine continued to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017, winning its class at the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas. In 2018, the manufacturer won a second 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in the LMP2 category.

Alpine A110 Cup

A racing version of the A110, the A110 Cup, was developed by Signatech in close partnership with Alpine’s own engineers. With power lifted to 270PS and weight lowered to just 1050kg, the competition car is the ultimate expression of the A110’s remarkable agility and thrilling on-track performance.

With very little modification the A110 becomes a thrilling racing car, highlighting its inherent performance and agility. The series allows amateur racers to become an important part of Alpine’s motorsport story.

Additionally, Alpine has created a one-make series for the A110 Cup. In the inaugural season in 2018 the six-round series took in some of the most iconic circuits in Europe, including Silverstone in the UK and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Operated by Alpine’s FIA World Endurance Championship partner, Signatech, the Alpine Europa Cup further demonstrates Alpine’s commitment to motorsport.

Once the A110 Cup has been mastered, customers can upgrade their car to A110 GT4 specification with the assistance of Signatech.

Motorsport is in Alpine’s DNA; the marque has achieved so much in racing over the years and that story has continued by winning the European Le Mans Series and the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Alpine A110 GT4

The Alpine A110 GT4 was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Developed, built and sold by Alpine’s motorsport partner Signatech - the organisation that operates Alpine’s FIA World Endurance Championship programme and the Alpine Europa Cup – the A110 GT4 is based on the A110 road car, retaining its 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, albeit with significant power upgrades.

Motorsport-specification springs and dampers, Brembo competition brakes, racing tyres, a downforce-generating front splitter and rear wing, a sequential competition gearbox and extensive engine upgrades lift the A110’s track performance to as yet unseen levels. A safety cage, fire extinguisher and racing seat and harness complete the motorsport makeover.

Run by customer teams with support from Signatech, the A110 GT4 began racing in selected events in the second half of the 2018 season.

Uniquely, Signatech offers A110 Cup customers the opportunity to upgrade their cars to GT4 specification using a package of components, enabling them to compete in the Alpine Cup one season and progress to the GT4 category the following year, all with the same car.

Being based on the A110 road car, the GT4 racer benefits from that model’s inherent qualities. Its compact size and lightweight construction are key virtues for circuit racing, as is the mid-engined layout and optimal weight distribution. With very light tyre use and a power-to-weight ratio of 3.2kg/hp - the very limit permitted by GT4 regulations - the A110 is particularly well suited to the GT4 category.

Eligible for the SRO European GT4 Series, the international Creventic 24 Hour series and many one-off races such as the Spa 24 Hours, the A110 GT4 can be seen competing around the globe at many of the world’s most famous circuits.

With the launch of the A110 GT4, Alpine’s ladder of progression takes another step. Driving enthusiasts can begin by enjoying their A110s on the road before heading out on circuit during Alpine’s official trackdays. From there, they can begin competing against like-minded enthusiasts in the Alpine Cup before eventually progressing to the top rung of the ladder in the A110 GT4.

Technical Data

Alpine A110 Première Edition

Fuel type

Petrol

Engine type

1.8L (1798cc) 4cyl. 16v turbocharged

Maximum power

252PS (248bhp) @ 2000rpm

Maximum torque

320Nm

Architecture

mid-engined, rear-wheel drive

Gearbox type

7-speed DCT, wet clutch

Unladen weight (DIN)

1103kg

Gross veh. weight

1365kg (inc. all fluids & 90% fuel)

Power to weight ratio

228PS (224bhp)/tonne)

Dimensions

4180/1798/1252 (Unladen weight)

Wheelbase

2420mm

Track width front

1556mm

Track width rear

1553mm

Chassis

double wishbones front and rear

Brakes front

4 piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Brakes rear

single piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Drag coefficient

Cd: 0.32

Drag area

Cd*A : 0.621 (A 1.94m²)

Fuel tank

45 litres

Boot capacity front

100 litres

Boot capacity rear

96 litres

Wheels and tyres

205/40 R18 (front), 235/40 R18 (rear)

Top speed

250kph (155mph) – Limited

Acceleration

0-100kph (62mph) 4.5 seconds

Fuel consumption
(combined NEDC)

6.4 litres/100km (44.1mpg)

Emissions

138g/km CO2

 

Alpine A110 Pure

Engine type

1.8L (1798cc) 4cyl. 16v turbocharged

Maximum power

252PS (248bhp) @ 2000rpm

Maximum torque

320Nm

Architecture

mid-engined, rear-wheel drive

Gearbox type

7-speed DCT, wet clutch

Unladen weight (DIN)

1098kg

Gross veh. weight

1365kg (inc. all fluids & 90% fuel)

Power to weight ratio

228PS (224bhp)/tonne

Dimensions

4180/1798/1252 (Unladen weight)

Wheelbase

2420mm

Track width front

1556mm

Track width rear

1553mm

Chassis

double wishbones front and rear

Brakes front

4 piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Brakes rear

single piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Drag coefficient

Cd: 0.32

Drag area

Cd*A : 0.621 (A 1.94m²)

Fuel tank

45 litres

Boot capacity front

100 litres

Boot capacity rear

96 litres

Wheels and tyres

205/45 R17 (front), 205/40 R18 (rear)

Top speed

250kph (155mph) – Limited

Acceleration

0-100kph (62mph): 4.5 seconds

Fuel consumption
(combined NEDC)*

6.4 litres/100km (44.1mpg)

Emissions*

144g/km CO2

Alpine A110 Légende

Engine type

1.8L (1798cc) 4cyl. 16v turbocharged

Maximum power

252PS (248bhp) @ 2000rpm

Maximum torque

320Nm

Architecture

mid-engined, rear-wheel drive

Gearbox type

7-speed DCT, wet clutch

Unladen weight (DIN)

1123kg

Gross veh. weight

1365kg (inc. all fluids & 90% fuel)

Power to weight ratio

228PS (224bhp)/tonne

Dimensions

4180/1798/1252 (Unladen weight)

Wheelbase

2420mm

Track width front

1556mm

Track width rear

1553mm

Chassis

double wishbones front and rear

Brakes front

4 piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Brakes rear

single piston fixed Brembo caliper, 296mm discs

Drag coefficient

Cd: 0.32

Drag area

Cd*A : 0.621 (A 1.94m²)

Fuel tank

45 litres

Boot capacity front

100 litres

Boot capacity rear

96 litres

Wheels and tyres

205/40 R18 (front), 235/40 R18 (rear)

Top speed

250kph (155mph) – Limited

Acceleration

0-100kph (62mph) 4.5 seconds

Fuel consumption
(combined NEDC)*

6.4 litres/100km (44.1mpg)

Emissions*

144g/km CO2

 

* NEDC CO₂ value and fuel consumption according to Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

Pricing

Alpine A110 Pure

 

Basic price

VAT

List price

Other OTR costs

OTR Price

£38,333

£7,667

£46,000

£905

£46,905

 

Alpine A110 Légende

 

Basic price

VAT

List price

Other OTR costs

OTR Price

£41,583

£8,317

£49,900

£905

£50,805

 

Alpine A110 Première Edition (limited release - sold out)

 

Basic price

VAT

List price

Other OTR costs

OTR Price

£42,416

£8,483

£50,900

£905

£51,805

Servicing & Warranty

3 year / 60,000 mile warranty. Unlimited mileage year 1 & 2.

Servicing is required every year or every 12,000 miles, whichever is soonest.

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