Alpine finally dished the dirt on its comeback sports car today, announcing a name pinched from the 1960s sports car that inspired its design, and a 1080kg kerb weight that makes it over 300kg – equivalent to four grown men – lighter than a Porsche Cayman S.
After weeks of teaser images we already knew about the aluminium construction and how the under-floor aero mods had allowed Renault’s design team to get away without needing to fit an ugly pop-up spoiler.
But now we can tell you more about Alpine’s first sports car for over 20 years, including that it’s powered by a brand new 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mounted transversely behind the front seats – which sends 247bhp and 236lbft (320nm) exclusively to a dual-clutch transmission.
That sounds good to us, as does the 230bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio, which puts it squarely between the Cayman and Cayman S, despite the Porsche twins packing 47bhp and 98bhp more. Alpine says the A110 will reach 62mph in 4.5sec, while a regular Cayman equipped with expensive launch control option gets there in 4.7sec, and the S takes 4.2sec.
A110 ‘Premiere Edition’ launch cars come with 18in wheels, nav and other trinkets that result in a €55,000 (approx. £47k) price that’s near the £48k of a Cayman S, before the inevitable tickfest on the Porsche options list. But expect the regular production version to be close to the £42k of a vanilla PDK Cayman.
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