Alpine A110S

In parallel to the model variants A110 Pure and A110 Légende, Renaults subsidiary Alpine now presents the new top-of-the-range version A110S. This differs from the previous offshoots of the lightweight Coupé by a higher engine power and a newly tuned sports suspension as well as small design changes. The curb weight of 1,114 kilograms is combined with a 215 kW/292 hp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine in the A110S. Thus, 40 more horsepower then in previous models are available. These result primarily from an increase of 0.4 bar in boost pressure. The maximum torque is 320 newtonmeters, available in a rev-range of 2,000 to 6,400 rpm. Getrag’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers the power to the rear wheels. A brake-based electronic limited slip differential allows the car to accelerate out of narrow corners without loosing power. From standstill to 100 kph (62 mph) the A110S accelerates in 4.4 seconds, while the topspeed is 260 kph (161.5 mph).

Compared to the less powerful versions, the Alpine A110S gets a slight lowering by four millimeters with new, 50 percent stiffer coil springs and adapted dampers. Hollow-drilled stabilizers reduce the weight on the one hand, but are also 100 percent stiffer than the parts on the standard model siblings on the other hand. Overall, these measures further enhance the already high level of handling, precision and dynamic efficiency. Together with Michelin, Alpine developed a new offshoot of the Pilot Sport 4 tires in 18-inch size with 215 millimeters of width at the front and 245 millimeters at the rear axle, in order to be able to really explore these new dynamic capabilities. The Track mode of the stability control received a new setup, while the ESP can still be completely deactivated at the push of a button. While they cost extra on the other Alpine models, the 320-millimeter bi-material brake discs and Brembo brake calipers come as standard with the A110S.

Visually, the Alpine A110S differs by flag motifs in carbon and orange on the C-pillars, a black Alpine lettering on the backside, orange calipers and model-specific alloy wheels in ‘GT Race’ design with dark finish from the other A110 offshoots. Optionally, the exclusive matt grey color ‘Gris Tonnere’ is also available. In addition, customers can opt for a carbon roof in glossy finish, which saves 1.9 kilograms at the highest point of the vehicle. Likewise, forged alloy wheels by Fuchs are available on request.

Inside, orange stitchings in the black Dinamica upholstery make for an eye-catcher. This artificial leather fabric not only covers the Sabelt sports seats (weighin 13.1 kg each), but also the door panels, the roof headliner, the sun visors and the steering wheel with its orange 12-o’clock marker. Pedals and footrests are made of aluminium. Matt bare carbon fiber and orange flag motifs complete the interior. The backsides of the seats are available in carbon fiber on request. The Focal audio system, the Alpine Telemetrics and the parking sensors at front and rear are part of the standard equipment. In France, the base price is 66.500 euros. First vehicles will arrive at the European dealerships in October.

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