Alpine Cars has revealed a sharper version of the car it has been selling for the last couple of years, this time badged the Alpine A110S.
While the standard A110 is very closely inspired by the original car from decades ago, the ‘S’ is set to feature a stiffer setup, with a more powerful engine tune and some unique styling.
The engine, still a turbocharged 1.8-litre Renault four-pot, tow produces 215kW, 30kW up from the standard A110, with that power peaking 400rpm higher at 6400rpm. Torque remains the same at 320Nm.
Alpine chief engineer Jean-Pascal Dauce explains that the engine’s re-tune is designed to alter the characteristics of power delivery, rather than only add more of it.
“The objective was to intensify the engine’s character and power delivery. The A110S is characterised by high-speed stability and handling precision, and it was important to mirror those distinctive dynamic traits with the car’s powertrain as well.
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“Between 5000 and 7000rpm the engine is especially energetic. It continues to push forward even at those very high engine speeds, which really encourages you to stretch every gear all the way out.”
Dauce says the chassis is arguably the most important aspect of the A110, with the A110S’ roll bars twice as stiff, coil springs 50 per cent stiffer, and the ride height lowered slightly by 4mm.
All up, the A110S is 11kg heavier, with an optional carbon roof helping keep 2kg of top weight off.
“Earlier versions of the A110 were pitched very much in line with the original 1970s A110 - just like that classic model they’re playful and fun to drive.
“The A110S has a very different character. Its bespoke chassis setup makes it a very focused sports car. High-speed stability and handling precision are two of its defining characteristics.
“Although lap times are never a priority for our road cars, the new A110S is nonetheless faster than the A110’s other versions.”
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The A110s is a tenth quicker to 100km/h according to Alpine, with a 4.4sec claim.
Australian details for the A110s haven’t yet been confirmed, as it’s still believed the brand is yet to sell out of its initial allocation of A110s.