Last year, 2,659 A110s were sold worldwide. This compares to around 20,500 Cayman (and Boxster) sold in the same year. It may be because the Alpine brand does not enjoy the expected reputation outside of France – 60 percent of the A110 remain in the country. The commitment in Formula 1 or in long-distance seems to be fruitful, but the expectations are much higher.
A110 GT: very intuitively accessible driving character
It takes less than 30 curves, which you drive through with increasing pleasure with the smooth-running, very precise steering and full utilization of the revving engine, then the first entry in the notebook is: 1100 kilos!!!!! – with five exclamation marks.
The points of criticism are marginal: The heavy exhaust boom (starting in sport mode) when shifting down is annoying on a narrow country road, since with the well-stepped 7-speed DCT you have to shift down several times before each curve.
And for a GT, the non-adjustable spring-damper combination should be a bit comfy. The astonishing handiness and the always noticeable low weight are quickly taken to heart, as is the nice animation of the monitor when the virtual round instruments seem to fold over when switching from “Sport” to “Normal”.
Fatigue-free braking in the Alpine A110 S
You just won’t look, because with the A110 S you quickly get into an area where you no longer want to record any additional information, because driving in itself is as demanding as it is fulfilling.
On the race track, too, it is of course the weight that dominates all driving impressions. It starts with the fatigue-free brakes, the potential of which only becomes apparent after a few laps, when the braking points continue to move towards the apex.
In track mode, the ESP also allows oversteer, which can be corrected here in a playful manner. Of course you could also turn it off.
Specifications and price: Alpine A110 S
Engine: R4, turbo, center rear across
Perfomance: 221kW (300 hp) at 6300 rpm
Max. Torque: 340 Nm at 2400-6000 rpm
Drive: Rear wheel/7-speed dual clutch
curb weight: 1119 kg (DIN)
Consumption: 6.8l S
Exhaust gas CO₂: 153g/km
Price: from 70,850 euros