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You Might Want To Cancel That Cayman Order After Watching This Alpine A110 Review 3
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, Film, reviews, video on 01 3rd, 2018


The praise is universal for the Alpine A110, with some even going as far as declaring it a better sports car than the Porsche 718 Cayman.

Of course the French have proven that they know how to build an exciting car in the past but to knock it out of the park in the first try with the reborn Alpine A110 has to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Based on an all-new aluminum architecture with double wishbones all around, the new Alpine A110 is a lightweight mid-engine sports car that wants to make the driver happy, instead of just playing the numbers’ game.

The engineers injected the car with old-school brilliance, opting for passive dampers instead of adaptive ones, finely tuned to give the A110 the best possible feedback and handling possible.

Combined with the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that makes 247hp and 236lb-ft of torque which has to move just 1,080kg (2,380lbs), the Alpine A110 is capable of hitting 62mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds but the real magic happens in the corners.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection reviews the new Alpine A110, and if you were sad that it won’t cross the Atlantic already, prepare to feel even more left out after the video that follows.

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Alpine A110 Praised, Labelled A Poor Man’s McLaren 29
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, Film, new cars, reviews, video on 12 29th, 2017


Renault have upped their gameby reviving the Alpine brand and launching a mid-engined rear-wheel drive machine that’s going head to head with the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C.

The A110 is a sexy berlinette that’s named after a classic sports car made from 1961 and 1977, but underneath the classic styling lies an entirely new and modern sports car.

Underpinned by an aluminum architecture and fitted with double wishbones at both ends, the Alpine A110 utilizes a new 1.8-liter turbocharged four that puts out 252PS (248hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) that are directed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Helped by the low weight (1,080kg / 2,380lbs), the A110 needs just 4.5sec for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint and maxes out at 250km/h (155mph).

Behind the wheel, the A110 feels properly balanced and alive, especially in ‘Track’ mode, but despite that, the automaker claims that this is not your average weekend warrior.

After taking the exciting coupe out for a short run, Australia’s Drive claims that it doesn’t feel like a rich man’s Renault, but rather like a poor man’s McLaren – and that is very high praise indeed.

Down Under, it will cost an estimated AUD $90,000-$100,000 (USD $69,834-$77,594), whereas in France it’s expected to cost between €55,000 and €60,000 ($65,365-$71,307). So far, Alpine has no plans to offer it in North America.

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New Alpine A110 To Cost Between €55,000 And €60,000 In France 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, France, new cars, prices, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


All 1,955 units of the Alpine A110 Premiere Edition have been spoken for, but as the delivery date for the regular models is fast approaching, the French car marque has revealed their price.

Estimated to cost between €55,000 and €60,000 ($64,962-$70,867) in its homeland, tax included, it can already be reserved on Android and iOS smartphones and tablests, using the official ‘Automobiles Alpine’ app, found here and here.

For what it’s worth, the Premiere Edition sold for €58,500 ($69,096), with extra features applied to the exterior and interior, alongside a special plaque that reminds users of its limited build number.

You may want to pay extra care when choosing some of the optional extras, though, because one of its main rivals, thebase  Porsche 718 Cayman, starts from €55,040 ($65,009), whereas the ‘S’ guise comes from €67,790 ($80,068).

The Alpine A110 will be available in 12 European countries at first, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and UK. Its availability will eventually expand to other markets throughout 2018, and it will include Japan as well.

No matter where they live, customers will have to settle for the mid-mounted 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, which is the sole choice. Shared with the new Renault Megane RS, it delivers 252PS (248hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque, thus allowing the French berlinette to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 4.5sec, from a standstill, before tapping out at 250km/h (155mph).

Note: Alpine A110 Premiere Edition pictured

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Renault Celebrates Production Launch Of New Alpine A110 In Dieppe 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpine, Alpine A110, renault, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


Alpine has celebrated the launch of the A110 production at the Dieppe factory in France, in front of Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn and France’s Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire.

Following a 35 million euro investment and two years of work, the Dieppe plant is now capable of assembling the Alpine A110’s aluminum body and chassis and features a paint shop with new sanding and cleaning robots for a quality premium paint finish.

Alpine’s historic facility is now the workplace for 392 employees who have been given four weeks’ of specific training for the production of the A110.

“The revival of Alpine production in Dieppe, where the original Berlinette was made almost 50 years ago, presented us with a challenge, but we rose to it together, with backing from the state, the region, the local urban district, Groupe Renault and the Alliance,” said Carlos Ghosn, Renault Chairman and CEO. “The excellence and French-style elegance that the brand stands for are more than just claims; today, in Dieppe they are an industrial reality.”

Powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol engine, the new Alpine A110 offers 248hp and 236lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission option. Combined with the low weight of 1,080kg (2,380lbs), 0-62mph comes in 4.5 seconds while top speed is 155mph (250km/h).

The first 1,955 examples of the new Alpine A110 are special Premiere Editions priced at 58,500 euros each. These first examples are expected to reach customers in the first half of 2018.

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Alpine Reportedly Planning A More Hardcore Version Of The A110 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Reports on 12 10th, 2017


With 248hp and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque available on tap, the Alpine A110 is not exactly slow to begin with.

However, it appears that the Renault-owned brand is looking to launch a more hardcore version, according to AutoExpress, that could get as much as 300hp from its tuned 1.8-liter turbocharged engine.

Besides the extra oomph, such a version of the A110, which is allegedly known internally as ‘Sport Chassis’, would also shed a few kilograms from its weight, dropping from the current 1,080kg (2,381lbs) to 1,050kg (2,315lbs) thanks to a few changes in the interior.

Its chassis will be tuned as well, while the suspension is expected to be 15 to 20 percent stiffer.

Moreover, the so-called Alpine A110 Sport is also believed to become more thrilling in Track mode, as the steering, dual-clutch transmission, traction control, and exhaust note will be revised.

If everything goes as planned, then the extreme version of the French coupe should arrive next summer, and it might pave the road for a ‘Trophy’ variant of the new Renault Megane RS.

Note: Alpine A110 Premiere Edition pictured

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Is The 2018 Alpine A110 Good Enough To Worry Porsche’s 718 Cayman? 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, UK, video on 12 9th, 2017

Finally, Alpine has let the first journalists to test their new A110, and the first reviews are more than positive, as it marks the rebirth of the historic brand in the best way possible, according to Autocar’s driving impressions.

Based on an all-new aluminum platform, the lightweight mid-engine coupe is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine with 247hp and 236lb-ft that’s paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is the only gearbox available. Weight is an impressively low 1,080kg (2,380lbs), which gives the A110 a power-to-weight ratio of 231hp per tonne that’s good enough for a 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h).

The suspension uses double wishbones front and rear, while the floor is completely flat and employs a rear diffuser, giving the new Alpine the combination of low drag with true downforce.

Is the new Alpine A110 as good as it sounds and can it challenge the likes of Porsche’s 718 Cayman and Alfa Romeo’s 4C? Find out by watching the video right after the jump.

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Alpine A110 Is The Tail-Happy Renault You Were Looking For 6
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, drifting, new cars, video on 12 6th, 2017


The all-new Alpine A110 needs to be pretty darn good to compete against the sexy Alfa Romeo 4C, and the playful and complete Porsche Cayman.

However, it appears that it has all the right stuff to help it challenge both of its rivals, while making cars such as the Toyota 86 seem boring, in the right hands, as the video posted by L’Argus proves.

Shot on ‘Circuit du Grand Sambuc’, in Southern France, likely during the media test drive that occurred not long ago, it shows the mid-engined and rear-wheel drive French coupe drifting and power sliding for a couple of precious minutes.

The track conditions don’t seem ideal for a few fast laps, but with the traction control turned off, and with Track mode engaged, which adapts the engine, gearbox, steering, and exhaust note to their most extreme settings, the Alpine A110 became a tail-happy animal.

And it didn’t even use special tires during the exciting run, as the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S were more than capable of withstanding the lateral accelerations.

So, is this enough to make you consider buying an Alpine A110? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Alpine Details The A110 Premiere Edition In New Images And Videos 5
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, featured, Galleries, new cars, Renault Alpine, video on 12 5th, 2017


Introduced earlier this year, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Alpine A110 was taken to the Aix en Provence, in southern France, for a test drive and photo shoot.

Shown here is the Premiere Edition of the brand’s Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C challenger, which was spoken for within the first days after order books opened, but it will be followed by the mass produced version, in the very near future.

Limited to just 1,955 examples, a nod to the year Alpine was founded, the A110 Premiere Edition marks the relaunch of the iconic brand, and sets itself apart from the regular models by carrying a set of visual updates, both on the outside and in the cabin. As far as the sticker price goes, the manufacturer asked €58,500 for each unit, which equals to $69,370 at the current exchange rates.

By now, you probably know that Alpine has no interest of launching it in the United States, but in other markets, customers will get to enjoy its mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, which was recently adopted by the new Renault Megane RS, with a different output. In the A110, the unit is rated at 252PS (248hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque, enabling a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint made in 4.5sec, and a top speed electronically capped at 250km/h (155mph).

Like all Alpine models, the new A110 is rear-wheel drive, and it channels the output to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Drivers will be able to choose between one of the three modes, called Normal, Sport, and Track, which adapt the entire car according to the selected setting.

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Alpine A110 Cup Unveiled For The 2018 Alpine Europa Cup 26
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, Motorsport, new cars, video on 10 26th, 2017


Alpine has unveiled the new A110 Cup, shortly ahead of the first deliveries of the A110 Premiere Edition.
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Alpine Teases A110 Cup Racer 1
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alpine, Alpine A110, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 08 1st, 2017


Alpine has released a single teaser of the race-prepped version of its new A110 sports car.
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Alpine Shows The A110 Being Torture Tested 13
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, video on 07 13th, 2017


Before customer deliveries of the long-awaited Alpine A110 begin, the French marque has released a series of videos showing some of the torture tests the sports car has been subjected to.
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New Alpine A110 Marks The Return Of A Legend 30
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Videos, Goodwood, new cars, renault, UK, video on 06 30th, 2017


Renault's revived Alpine brand is present these days at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed with the all-new A110.
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New Alpine A110 Proves Sports Cars Don’t Need Massive Engines To Be Fast 30
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Scoops, Alpine Videos, new cars, Scoops, video on 06 30th, 2017


Yes, we know that Renault have an entirely new Megane RS coming out, but the A110 is hotter, and it also marks the return of the iconic 'Alpine' moniker.
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Alpine A110 Tackles The Nurburgring In Latest Tests 26
Jun
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alpine, Alpine A110, Alpine Scoops, Alpine Videos, Nurburgring, renault, Scoops, video on 06 26th, 2017


Alpine may have premiered the new A110 sports car at the Geneva Motor Show but development of the Porsche Cayman fighter continues and recently headed to the Nurburgring.
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Alpine A110 To Tackle Hill Climb At Goodwood, First UK Deliveries Set For 2018 24
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alpine, Alpine A110, Classics, Goodwood, UK on 06 24th, 2017


Alpine is coming back to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, bringing along their production-ready A110 sports car. Ahead of it going on sale in 2018, the A110 will also make its dynamic UK premiere, blasting up the hill as part of Goodwood's Supercar Run.
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